My work is an attempt to grasp the ephemeral and is about the dichotomous aspect of illusion. From a distance the drawings appear meticulously rendered yet they are actually loose, abstract markings. They are primarily black and white - the impersonal language of documentation and yet, purportedly also of intimate dreams. I want to evoke the contemplation of our relation to the vastness of the sky. The weather mapping represents our long standing attempt to measure and control forces larger than ourselves.These diagrammatic lines reiterate the static artificiality of the flat picture plane and yet enhance the illusion of ever shifting clouds behind the pictorial frame.
Since the beginning of time, clouds have represented uncertainty. Clouds have represented the wrath of gods; the beneficent containers of rain; the boundary between this world, and the mystery beyond. Clouds have caused and witnessed instability and power within and beyond their control.
My drawing tools are cotton balls imbued with differing amounts of graphite powder, which I rub on to the paper slowly. Touch is paramount. This gradual, incremental process is an ongoing inventive dialogue as tones become shapes and shapes appear to be clouds, animated by the character of their edges. My goal is to suggest air, light and movement.
Artist Bio / CV
Numerous solo exhibitions include those at Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY; Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Galleria Il Ponte, Rome, Italy; Miller Block Gallery and Soprafina Gallery, Boston. Residency grants include the Asillah Forum Foundation, Morocco; the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland; the Ucross Foundation, WY; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; Vermont Studio Center, and twice at the MacDowell Colony, NH. Hershey taught at Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy for 12 years and at Temple University’s Tokyo program for one year. Since September 1993, Ms. Hershey has been Professor and Coordinator of the Printmaking Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. She was a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Grant in 2004 and a Somerville Arts Council Grant in 2008.
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Biblioteca Municipale di Como, Italy
Biblioteca Municipale di Piacenza, Italy
Boston Public Library
Calcografia Nazionale, Roma, Italy
Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington,DC
Crakow National Museum, Poland
Davidson College, NC
Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, CT
Duke Museum of Art, NC
Fogg Art Museum, MA
Free Library of Philadelphia, PA
Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Harvard University Law School, Cambridge,MA
Library of Congress, Washington,DC
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester,NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Museo Civico, Piacenza, Italy
Museo Municipale de Artes Graficas, Caracas,Venezuela
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Skopje Museum of Contemporary Art, Yugoslavia
Yale University Art Gallery, CT
Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ