Against the Grain Creative Concepts, is at 5521 18th Avenue in Kenosha.
The exhibition is the debut of a series of collage pieces Ross has been creating for the last few years. The central body of work is nine collaged canvases measuring 3-feet by 5-feet featuring reflective images. All of the images in this intricate and inventive series were specifically chosen as images that the viewer will have a reaction to: Good, bad and everything in between. The combinations of images are set up for the viewer to be able to create their own stories and experience their own feelings, similar to Rorschach ink blot tests.
The pieces themselves are bold, bright and dramatic. Comprised of various collage techniques including paper, canvas, embroidery, image transfers, vintage books, paint skins, playing cards, film & wood carving. Ross says “Completing this series was a labor of love. After injuring my back several years ago I used more and more collage as a way to continue my art process, express ideas and stories,” said Ross. “Even when I couldn’t sit or stand in my studio, I could always cut shapes.” After moving to Kenosha in 2015 the artist and her boyfriend Jeff have been building their studios and renovating their house.
ATGCC opened in May of 2016 and features reclaimed materials, vintage, antiques and one of a kind custom pieces. The team at ATGCC is passionate about salvage and custom creations for their diverse clients. This is the first art show to be held in the loft above the shop. Owner Scott Buell said he is “Excited for Ross’ exhibit and is enjoying working with the creative community in Kenosha.” He invites everyone to check out the show.
Upcoming projects for Ross include commissions, several group shows as well as participating in Kenosha & Racine’s gET bEHIND tHE aRTS Open studio tours on Sunday April 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Jeff Baenen of Jeff Baenen Boxes.