When she submitted the proposal for this exhibition in January of 2019, Marta Dorton had no idea how important the theme of human connection would be today. In her exhibition Overlay/Connection, Dorton focuses on connection as an exchange or intake of energy. To her, human connection is about the energy of the relationship that remains even if we do not see the connection, are not looking or unable to notice it. Simply put, the nature of life is connection.
Dorton’s colorful, textured mix media pieces and acrylic paintings are on full display in this exhibition. All of the walls contain framed assemblages of mixed media. Each one of these pieces is paired in the wall text with a quote from different notable people around the topic of connection. The wall text for her piece You and Me and the Sea (2018) shares the quote from Shannon L. Alder, "Soul connections are not often found and are worth every bit of fight left in you to keep."
In addition to her framed mixed media pieces, Dorton also creates Books of Knowledge that are mixed media sculptures that display the quotes on the pieces themselves. Marcus Aurelius’ quote in Book of Knowledge II (2020) gives the viewer advice to “frequently consider the connection of all things in the universe.” Dorton’s exhibition provides an intimate look into the ways in which human connections are made and the energy those connections contain. This exhibition will be up until March 12 in the Zygmunt Gallery here at The Loudon House! If you’re unable to make it, the exhibition is also available online at www.lexingtonartleague.org
Author: Josh Porter; curatorial intern for the Lexington Art League
Public Gallery Hours
Saturday 12pm - 5pm
Viewings also available by appointment
The Loudoun House
209 Castlewood Dr.
Lexington, Ky. 40505
All Lexington Art League programs are made possible through the generous support of LexArts.
The Kentucky Arts Council, a state arts agency, provides operating support to the Lexington Art League with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by Lexington Parks & Recreation.