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Well Loved Ones: Melissa McGrath

February 16 - March 17

PLUG Projects is excited to present Well Loved Ones, a solo exhibition by Melissa McGrath, that explores time, ritual, labor, trauma, strength and fragility. McGrath uses smoldering incense to make repetitive marks to burn away paper. She is thinking about what it means to describe something as “well loved”. What does an object look like that is “well loved”? The idea that we all/anything starts out new and whole and each moment that passes cannot be regained is similar to this mark making process. Once a mark is made, that piece of the paper is gone and cannot be reattached. Some of these marks are large and cause the paper to collapse but what remains is both fragile and strong. These drawings are a documentation of meditations on how time is spent and felt.

Opening Reception: February 16th 6-9pm

Melissa McGrath was born in rural Missouri in 1989. She received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Missouri- Kansas City in 2012 and is currently an MFA candidate at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She will be an Artist in Residence at the Fish Factory Creative Centre in Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland later this year.






PLUG Projects is generously supported by ArtsKC and The Francis Family Foundation.


February 16
March 17
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