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‘Metamorphosis’ exhibit fascinates at Gorse Mill 

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and artist Adina Troen-Krasnow’s “Metamorphosis” is an experience to behold. Troen-Krasnow transformed color and texture, creating a space for reflection and connection in her latest exhibit at Gorse Mill Studios, which has been up since mid-August.

An inviting parade of color sets the scene in the gallery. A colorful digital portrait banner hangs as the titular piece, next to a vintage desk, textiles, and sewing machine. Another portrait, “Come Find Me”, offers a witty interpretation of the self. One is left wondering where to look as color flows from every corner. The original photograph is visible and enhanced with colors that are almost fibrous, flowing strands of hair.

Troen-Krasnow uses everyday objects to paint and collage. Plates, memo boards, and clothing pieces serve as canvases in this exhibit.

Incorporating specialty mosaics, pieces such as “The Necklace,” “Walk on the Beach,” “A Flower Grows” and “Twins” celebrate individuality and brokenness being transformed into growth. “A Flower Grows” contains pieces from an actual terra cotta flower pot, as well as pebbles; Troen-Krasnow enjoys painting and collaging off-canvas, extending the work outside of traditional limits that come with the medium.

“What I loved about glassblowing and ceramics is I became one with the clay and the glass. It became this fluid movement between me and the [medium], which is not something that happens in mosaics,” the artist explained. She cuts her own glass to fit mosaics that match her vision.

And it’s quite an appealing vision.

Dark hues of black, purple, and blue theme a wall as acrylic painting “Dreaming” flows right off of the canvas. Below it, “Abalone Butterflies,” a mosaic mirror piece, stands memorably next to a larger mosaic frame, “Look at Me.”

A lampshade with a tessellated, colorful pattern sits next to unique mosaiced and painted picture frames. Sketches of colored pencil illustrate flowing feelings and emotions in “Let’s Get it On” and “In the Flow.”

“Metamorphosis” resides at Gorse Mill Studios through today, and it’s very much worth a visit.

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