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Inside the interpretation of the outside world

Two artists recreate the palette of what they see

"Early Winter," mixed media by Maggie Fleming. The opening for the show that includes Theresa Haberkorn and Stan Madeja is tonight at the Depot Art Center from 5 to 7 p.m.
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— The artists find their inspiration from nature, but the subject of their work has less to do with what they see and more to do with how they interpret it.

“It’s more about light and shadows and the contrast of light, than the actual subject,” said Theresa Haberkorn, who creates wood block prints. “I use the subject as a starting point, a framework to experiment with.”

Haberkorn makes multiple prints from the same wood block, but they are not identical.



“Once the blocks are carved, I will re-ink them in new colors and explore the different combinations I can get from the same block,” she said. “I have more concerns with the pattern and layering and color and texture.”

Haberkorn’s blocks produce only a limited amount of prints.



“I carve it, print it, re-carve it and reprint it, using the same block over and over,” she said. “Destroying and using the block as I go. The harder the pressure you use in the press, the less you get from the set of blocks.”

Haberkorn and Maggie Fleming were paired together to do a show because their art is complimentary.

Fleming’s nature-based paintings and mixed media focuses on color.

“I tend to turn everything into a pattern of some sort,” she said. “I’m taking something totally traditional like a Western landscape and interpreting it in a new way. It’s a new interpretation of an old theme.”

Fleming is drawn to contemporary paintings and playing with different genres.

“I try to blend hyper realism with abstract,” she said. “I take the history of what’s been done and build on it.”

There seems to be nothing finite about Fleming’s work.

“I’ve been jumping from one thing to another,” she said. “I never finish anything I start.”


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