This exhibition explores the creation and installation of a monumental site-specific art commission for the new Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex at 574 Boston Avenue on Tufts' main Medford campus by Boston-based artist and Tufts alum Sophia Ainslie (MFA 2001). Ainslie's seven-panel mural, titled In Person—574, is her largest work to date and the first to use digital printing methods; it spans over 6,000 square feet and four stories of the building's central stairwell. The Gallery exhibition includes five of the seven original paintings created as the basis for the site-specific commission, as well as materials related to Ainslie’s creative process, and a slideshow documenting the mural's creation and installation.
Ainslie's imagery focuses on the visual continuum between interior and exterior, the microscopic and macroscopic, and diagnostic imaging technologies and the surrounding landscape. Ainslie's work combines X-rays, territorial mappings, and sketches of places she has experienced first-hand to compose a "collage-like space." Beginning with drawing, then extending into painting, Ainslie's practice melds observation and imagination, and results, as she says, "in a relationship of connections and disconnections between inside and outside, mark-making against flat color, absence and presence."
The art installation is made possible by an endowed fund to purchase art by Tufts graduates established by Dr. Joan M. Henricks, J69, and her husband Alan Henricks. Ainslie will lead a 'CreateDate' workshop on October 1.
The newly renovated CLIC building, set to open officially in September 2015, will be the home for the Departments of Occupational Therapy, Child Development, Community Health, Cognitive Science, Physics & Astronomy, and Human-Centered Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, Civil & Environmental).