Always Within Never: Works by Una Pett

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Always Within Never
Works by Una Pett
Reception: Sat, Jan 11, 4-5:30pm
Artist’s Talk: Sun, Feb 2, 2pm

These small works pay homage to the main library building and block, in whose complex and active space I find myself over and over again drawn to the interludes, quiet moments when light and form come together to create rich arrangements of shapes and shadows. There is a kind of everyday patience to these odd passages of beauty: they wait for us to take notice, to pause, to appreciate the play of light on form, the naturalistic echoes — simple shapes and line, often accidentally framed by doorways, windows, and arcs which create gateways to viewing. I look for rhythm, and repetition — a pulse beneath an apparently mundane surface. With this group I nervously and excitedly depart from portraiture and the figure, my most familiar subject matter, to explore media, texture, layering, and line. I am especially grateful to the Turkey Land Cove Foundation for their profound support and encouragement during this project’s development.

A lifelong student of the human figure, Una Pett attended the New York Academy of Art’s Graduate School of Figurative Art where she earned her MFA in Painting. She also studied at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin, Ireland and the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. She currently teaches with Lifelong Learning at the U, and has taught at the Visual Art Institute, Utah State University, Appalachian State University and Caldwell Community College in North Carolina, and at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She earned her BA in Studio Art from Smith College. A Utah native rediscovering the state after returning five years ago, Una lives and works in Salt Lake City with her two favorite guys, Lou and Luca.

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Location: Main Library, Gallery at Library Square

Contact Information: 801-524-8200