2007-02-08 / About Town

Islander exhibits digital prints

A collection of digital prints by artist and jewelry designer Didi Suydam of Jamestown is on view in the Hunter Gallery at the Drury and Grosvenor Center for the Arts at St. George's School from Feb. 8 to March 8.

An opening reception with the artist, free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Suydam's imagery is influenced by her intrigue with the "ephemeral nature of our environment and its emotional and psychological affect on our experience." Utilizing digital imagery, she captures the essence of these experiences, feelings and emotions. Through manipulation of color, composition and light, Suydam transforms space and form ethereally. Her abstract images allude to familiar situations and objects, yet are unfamiliar and dream-like in composition, often "masking and potentially contradicting the real impact they have on our world."

Didi Suydam is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where she earned a B.F.A. in light metals. Well-known for her mastery in metalsmithing, Suydam has received numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her recent digital images have been included in several group and solo exhibitions, including "VOICE-Women in Contemporary Art," a national competition at the Providence Art Club. Suydam's work, along with a select group of contemporary artists and designers, can be found at her galley on Bannister's Wharf in Newport, phone 848-9414.

The Hunter Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

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