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MaDora Frey’s sculptural paintings describe the territory that exists between waking thought and the physical world. Frey juxtaposes contrasting elements as a metaphor for the dynamic between the tangible and ethereal. Materials with a strong physical presence, such as wood and paint, are paired with those that possess spiritual or even mystical associations, such as mirrors and light. Whether one interprets the work as object, portal, painting, or perhaps “artifact” from the future, the effect is one of visual complexity and wonderment. In coupling real with illusory space, the work evokes the uncanny sense of inhabiting two places at once, without being fully present in either.
Originally from Georgia, Frey is a cross-disciplinary artist who has spent the last 15 years making art in New York City and Atlanta. Frey has exhibited domestically with solo shows in Seattle, Washington, and New York City and group shows in Austria and Spain. She was recently commissioned by the Katonah Museum of Art to create a large-scale outdoor public work on the museum campus. Accolades include the Prince of Wales Fellowship in Normandy, France, publication in New American Paintings, and residency grants from Jentel Residency, Vermont Studio Center, and Marble House Project. She subsequently serves as an advisory board member and juror. Her past memberships include NYC art collective, tART, and currently, Future Present Creative Assembly. Frey has instructed and lectured at Hunter College, Rutgers University, New York Academy of Art, Auburn University, LIM College, Abbey Road International Program, and Georgia State University. She received her MFA in painting, magna cum laude, from the New York Academy of Art and her BFA, with a concentration in drawing and printmaking, from Auburn University. Additionally, Frey studied at the Florence Academy, Florence, Italy. Her work is held in numerous private collections. She is kindly sponsored by Collet and Bit, Inc.