Ma’at, glass, string, feather, 12 x 4 x 2 inches, 2019

This week we welcome Marcy Chevali. Chevali is a visual artist with an MFA from the Maine College of Art. She has shown work in galleries and artists’ spaces including Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Queens Museum of Art, AIR Gallery, Gallery Aferro, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and with organizations such as South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, ABC No Rio, Project for an Empty Space, 4heads and Peculiar Works Projects.

Untitled, flame worked borosiliciate glass, 2020

She was awarded an artist grant from the Queens Art Fund in 2015. In 2017 was a fellow at the Edward Albee Foundation and in 2019 she was an artist in Baie St Marie, Nova Scotia and at Farm Studios in Rajasthan, India. She had a solo exhibition of her work at Aicon Gallery in 2021.

Untitled, gouache and graphite on paper, 12 x 9 inches, 2017 

“Themes of absence, temporality, fragility and unseen or nearly unseen forces recur in my work. Materials range from pencil on paper to lines of thread and glass tumbling from ceiling to floor, to lines drawn in the earth with my hands, peels and pits, stones and feathers. Occasionally a vocabulary of shapes reoccur, tall, majestic, reaching upward yet heavy and pooling towards the bottom, or round and ovular.

Untitled, flame worked borosiliciate glass, 2020

These simple and readily available materials and the handmade quality of my work convey a sense of urgency in the need to express, rather than a sense of perfection and un-attainability. Influenced by autobiography and a desire to see things from another perspective, I hope to achieve and share a level of understanding of ways of being in the world.

See more of Chevali’s work on her website

Nitin is a visual designer, gallery artist, and community arts activist. Past desk-oriented posts include: PBS, Digitas, K12, Inc., Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and Sesame Workshop International....

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