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Stephanie Palagyi Postcard - exhibit March 24 - April 11, 2014



March 24 - April 11, 2014



Thursday, April 3, 2014
4:30 - 6:30 pm

(Exhibits & receptions are free and open to the public)

This exhibit features oil paintings by Stephanie Palagyi.  Stephanie is from Lansing, Michigan, and has a MFA in painting from Michigan State University and a BA in painting and art history from Montana State University-Billings. 

Artist's Statement: Nature Continues, The Square Paintings

Nature continues to function as inspiration for contemporary artists today as well as artists throughout the history of art. My paintings investigate the large concept of nature in a small square format.  Similar to the cycles of decay and regeneration of the universe, I have an interest in creating a complex layered space on a 2-dimensional surface.  Whether the illusion of space is created through scraping and sanding paint away, scale changes, color relationships, or perspective, my paintings give the viewer a glimpse into an abstracted environment with varying degrees of representation.  The square composition painted on birch panel references the balance found in nature.  The passage of time is evident through attention to detail and multiple layers. Through fleeting observations and hours of looking at a single object, a careful processing of the environment I move through is documented. 

Within my paintings forms appear to recede and emerge, float and dive, decay and develop in immeasurable spaces evocative of the sublime. These spaces express qualities related to bodies of water, sky, outer space, or somewhere in between.  Like painters of the Romantic Movement, I seek to utilize the power of suggestiveness to stimulate the imagination.

Most compositions start with direct observation of patterns and shapes found in organic objects-particularly rocks, shells, and branches. Although painted forms maybe inspired by a particular object they are often abstracted in order to simultaneously exhibit characteristics of a fragile egg, seashell, seed, or even microscopic organisms.  The natural object represented in my paintings are less specific in order to reference the interconnectedness of all organic life and to focus on a way of feeling rather than object identification.

All exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public.  For more information contact the department of art (989) 964-4159 or for open gallery hours.

Stephanie Palagyi Exhibit - Walking Into a Warm River Bank   Stephanie Palagyi Exhibit -

"Walking Into a Warm River Bank"
oil on birch panel

  "Blue 2"
oil on birch panel
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Stephanie Palagyi Exhibit - Bound Space
oil on birch panel
  "Bound Space"
oil on birch panel


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