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February 2017 Art Exhibit
Jessica Allard

The Rochester Public Library is pleased to present an exhibit of paintings and mixed media artwork by Rochester resident, Jessica Allard.  Jessica says, ???The majority of my work explores the relationship between memory and identity.???  Although the large pieces displayed in this exhibit are clearly personal, they succeed in Allard???s aim of touching on the universal. 

        Allard studied art at the New Hampshire Institute for Art.  She also studied at Gordon College and has attended numerous workshops. Allard???s work has been exhibited at studios around New Hampshire, receiving awards.

Jessica Allard???s work will be exhibited on the first floor of the Library through the month of February.  The Rochester Public Library is located at 65 South Main Street.  For more information please call 332-1428


???I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never

realizes an emotion at the time.  It expands later, and thus we don???t

have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.???

-Virginia Woolf

The majority of my work explores the relationship between memory and identity.

Ever since I was a young child I have been fascinated by how the mind grasps onto certain memories, yet discards others.  Throughout the most traumatic or beautiful events of our lives, it seems we have little control over what we will remember and what seems to float into thin air.  Yet our very survival relies on our ability to retrieve past information.  Furthermore, memory gives us a sense of who we are as individuals.  Without memory, we lack consciousness???we become lost.

Using my own life events as inspiration, I create to reveal my deepest fears, hope and whatever else that seems to be lingering in my mind.  Whether it be traumatic or humorous, I want to understand its deeper significance for staying with me.  Paint is flexible, unpredictable, and, to me, mimics the fluid nature of memories.  Being able to focus on a specific moment while painting helps me to dissect and reflect without the constraints of words or labels.

Although these memories are innately personal, I offer up my work to the viewer in the hopes that I???ve touched upon the universal as well.

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The Rochester Public Library is located at 65 S. Main St.
For additional information, call 603.332.1428. For directions to RPL,
click here.