Channeling individuality in 'Drizzle'

Category:  The Arts
Friday, September 13th, 2019 at 11:13 AM

Colorful and captivating, Allyson Chessey recently presented the Bates Gallery show, “Drizzle.”

During a reception on Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 6-8 p.m., visitors came upon pieces encouraging both introspection and enjoyment via their names and other elements.

Chessey, a senior illustration major with a minor in metalsmithing, began experimenting with digital coloring this year after a particular critique: the word “somber” was said about a piece called “Flourish,” referring to the perceived mood of her typically black and white examples.

This moment wasn’t negative though, it was revolutionary, and after some serious self-reflection as a person and artist, something she still does, adding more color has helped her further channel herself and enhance her work in many ways.

“I hadn’t properly found who I wanted to be as an artist,” said Chessey.

Now, common colors in her digital pieces are pink, purple, orange and blue.

Another color used was gold drops on the walls, complete with green vines around the border. She enjoys nature and wants to make her art “not quite surreal, but ethereal.”

Examples include “Rebirth” and “Unforeseen,” the former addressing new beginnings that come with the summer season, while the latter deals with going through the unknown parts of life, both the good and bad.

Other topics such as grief, costuming and fantasy were part of it as well.

“Guardian” shows a girl wearing a rabbit mask with a wolf in the background, an animal liked by her late father, who is occasionally mentioned in family discussions on her back porch, a motif in “Left the Light On.”

“Ever since I was young, I’ve found creativity through my crafting as well,” she said in an artist statement.

This, combined with her costuming interests were shown in “Light the Way” and “Identity,” which involve pieces representing the human figure.

Some metals projects were also there, which she intends to keep as they are personal to her; two necklaces and one hairpin called “Lost and Found,” the latter of which contains copper, aluminum and rose quartz, while resembling a deer.

The meaning behind the show’s name could be seen in her artist statement, saying “my interest with art has always been like a drizzle of rain; building up in my life lightly, new practices becoming refreshing as I embrace them.”

She enjoys gallery shows, selling at conventions and meeting new people, while at the same time focusing less on what others think and more about improving both herself and her work.

Chessey is now confident with who and where she is. Her future plans include working in Ann Arbor, Michigan, if possible, due to its artsy community and family connections.

More of Chessey’s work can be found through her websiteDi, which also contains links to her email and social media under the name Keekeeome.

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