Have a heartache that needs mending? Or a memory that deserves celebrating? Then, step right in.
A new interactive art installation at artEAST in Issaquah may be the perfect place to revisit a time from the past or explore a current emotion. The piece, entitled “Life, Examined,” is artist Lindsay Peyton's own experiment, meant to explore, capture and answer questions from her own life and invite visitors to the exhibit to do the same. Guests may walk through the lab during gallery hours – and meet the artist onsite during the Downtown Issaquah Art Walk from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5. The non-profit fine art gallery and art center is located at 95 Front St. North in Issaquah.
Peyton will keep regular artist hours – wearing her lab coat and performing experiments – from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. A closing reception for the exhibit is slated for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. Peyton will also offer two altered books workshops at artEAST – from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25.
Peyton is an oil painter who went out on a limb, challenging herself to explore a new medium for her artist residency at artEAST. Her oil paintings are primarily of interior spaces – and may be viewed at her studios in Ballard and West Seattle – or in her hometown in Houston.
For her piece for artEAST, Peyton wanted to bring a space into three-dimensions. “Life, Examined” is an homage to a science lab – with a bit of magic and whimsy mixed in. “Science and art have a lot in common,” Peyton said. “Both methods are used for probing deeper into mystery. They both involve hypothesis and process, questioning and experimenting. And, you have to repeat the process over and over in the search for greater truth.”
In this laboratory, experiments will be conducted to mirror the artistic and scientific process of examining life. Peyton describes herself as a hoarder of memories. She will use the lab to examine love letters, photos, and pieces of nostalgia using paraphernalia such as microscopes, test tubes and dissection trays. She will keep a journal and display the various ART-i-facts she produces as she creates an atmosphere of work in process.
The show is part of artEAST’s new program to nurture artists who are embarking on an expansion of their usual creative practices. “The goal of the program is to provide a supportive environment for an artist go above and beyond their normal way of working,” executive director Carla Villar said. “This is a unique opportunity for an artist to make, play and explore while pushing the boundaries of their artist practice.”
For more information about artEAST, including upcoming exhibits, workshops and classes, visit arteast.org or call (425) 392-3191.
For more information about artist Lindsay Peyton, visit www.lindsaypeytonart.com or call 281-636-1361. Follow her blog at amongtheartists.net.