Visitors can participate from 3 to 8 p.m.

Matteawan Gallery presents Mollie McKinley: Cabin Fever, a participatory performance that marks the end of a two-week artist residency at the gallery, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31.

Interdisciplinary artist McKinley uses rustic and found objects as tools of ritual transformation in videos and photographs. In the context of postmodern culture, these objects resurrect ancient religious practices and occult traditions. During her residency at Matteawan Gallery for the month of January, she has been making a set of new ritual objects using her signature jetsam and flotsam along with gold leaf, salt, sand and marble.

McKinley’s residency will culminate in the creation of a new video that utilizes the intimacy of the small space in winter, drawing upon romanticized aspects of the cabin and solitude. Using the new ritual objects, she will create a set/installation in the gallery comprised of verdant foliage, neon, furs and wood — textures that embody and contradict the romantic solitude of the interior winter cabin.

Long held in the mind of artists and writers as an essential psychic space for both healing and creation, she deconstructs and reimagines its essential qualities anew. The social aspect of the residency provides a nourishing interruption from the solitude of Hudson Valley winter for the artist and her collaborators.

On Jan. 31, visitors are welcome to participate in the space and discuss their experiences with solitude over wine and tea. Limited private visits with the artist are also available by appointment. For additional information or to make an appointment for a private visit, contact Karlyn Benson at [email protected] or 845-440-7901.

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