Margaret Ouchida: Stories, Legends and Realms

September 5, 2014 7:24 PM

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Margaret Ouchida: Stories, Legends and Realms

Art history, ecclesiastics, fabulism and a profound delight in materials conspire in the studio of Margaret Ouchida. Her engrossing mixed media light-and-shadow boxes (which she calls "box animation") tell many kinds of universal stories -- art history, folklore, scripture and children's literature. But the real story is more fundamental still, and that is the story of her relationship to her craft; and her desire to transcend artificial, unhelpful boundaries between genres and techniques in order to arrive at a more intimate and expansive understanding of what inspires an artist. "I don't want to be boxed in," she says, no pun intended, "to working in just one medium. I am captivated by so many materials, and I want to move between them intuitively." Nevertheless, the stories she interprets in this way do carry compelling meaning. It's the wonderment and patiently detailed way in which Ouchida negotiates between form and idea that gives her work its joyful life.

The works in Stories, Legends, and Realms offer a comprehensive overview of her practice, as each articulates an aspect of her inspirations and methods. "We Will Not Bow" is a 5-panel piece, a row of one-inch deep light boxes, whose images are built on acrylic backings of watercolor, colored pencil ...

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