“Technicolor Familiar: Illustrations by E. K. McDonnell”
August 30 - November 22, 2021
Reception: Saturday, September 25, 2021 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 10 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.
Artist Lecture: View on YouTube
“Technicolor Familiar: Illustrations by E. K. McDonnell” is an exhibition of recent drawings by local artist Emma Kramer McDonnell. The exhibition features a selection of McDonnell’s intimate, small-scale illustrations inspired by Surrealism, pop culture, and Western Esotericism. The Richard B. Talkin Family Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the McCuan Hall.
technicolor familiar encapsulates the current iteration of McDonnell's personal art practice. The name was adopted in 2018 to reflect the evolution taking place in her artwork; "technicolor" for highly saturated palettes, and "familiar" for creatures connected to magic and the occult. Anachronistic in style and symbolism, Technicolor Familiar exists somewhere between surrealism, pop art, medieval altarpieces, and Western esotericism. This new body of work draws inspiration from the (un)natural world, astrology, alchemy, dreams and the subconscious.
Emma K. McDonnell has been a practicing illustrator for nearly a decade, providing original artwork for theatre companies up and down the East Coast, including Pig Pen Theatre Co., Third Rail Projects LLC, and HCC's very own Arts Collective. As a fine art illustrator, Emma primarily works with traditional media, combining bold colors and delicate mark-making to generate small-scale, intimate illustrations. Emma received an AA in Studio Art from HCC and a BFA in Illustration from the Art Institute of Boston, and had been applying her formal visual art education to creative jobs in the performing arts ever since.