The ANNEX is a section of the Gallery where we spotlight new work by regional artists.
Nina Earley’s interests are connected by a focus on the importance of place. Growing up on two continents, she is keenly aware of her status as a constant invisible foreigner. Using materials such as photography chemicals, paint, ink, yarn, and thread, In creating abstracted maps, Earley allows the viewer to dwell in a space of remembering, and to find their own stories in the created spaces. Earley specifically reveals parts of stories and purposefully keeps others hidden away. The lines in her work are drawn from walks that now exist only in her memory, in an attempt to combat a fear of forgetting that looms continuously, yet intangibly, overhead.
Born in Basel, Switzerland, Nina Earley received her BA in International Relations, Economics, and Fine Art from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada and her MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University College of Art and Design. She has taught and exhibited in the Boston area for several years and was the first Artist-in-Residence at The Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, MA. She lives and works in Medford, MA.
Virginia Mahoney’s mixed media sculpture incorporates sewing, recurrent clay forms, and handwriting. Fascinated by the ambiguity of words and the variation in repetition, Mahoney’s working methods and material approaches push against tradition. Her current series of conceptual garments, inspired by work uniforms, addresses personal obstacles and challenges; her vests are the embodiment of barriers, rather than protection, identity or accessorization.
Virginia Mahoney earned her MFA in ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and was a Core Fellow at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Her work has been exhibited in juried and invitational exhibits in the northeast, midwest, and south United States, and is in the collection of the Lancaster Art Museum in Pennsylvania. Current exhibits include the Fuller Craft Museum Biennial Juried Members Exhibition. She works from her home studio in Brockton, MA.
Tracy Harmon-Hay has always viewed homes as animate objects, whose purpose is to provide warmth and shelter in exchange for care and love. Her Floating Houses series asks the question: ‘What if they could hover above the land, keeping them safe from sea level and man’s desire to demolish and rebuild?’ This gentle feeling of floating allows the viewer to focus on the structure alone without the interference of nature, and to imagine it safe, unthreatened by weather or man’s inclination to start over.
Traci Harmon-Hay received her BFA in illustration and painting from the Maryland Institute of Art and studied with Fritz Briggs of the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore. Represented by New York's Creative Freelancers, Harmon-Hay co-founded Studio Six, an illustration co-op. She owned the Harmon Gallery in Wellfleet from 2000 until 2014, where she continues to exhibit her work. She has also exhibited at the Left Bank Gallery, Bromfield Gallery and the Cahoon Museum, and is a member and teacher at PAAM and Castle Hill. She lives in Wellfleet, MA, with her husband and two daughters.