By combining 3-D printing and modeling, painting, and sculptural elements, assistant professor of painting Alison Stinely explores personal mythologies and belief systems.
She will discuss her combination of processes and art during the April 26 Science Pub, “3-D Printing: Merging Antiquity and New Technology in Art Making” at Bearded Bird Brewing in Norfolk.
During the Pub, Stinely will discuss how incorporation of technology and the three-dimensional forms have changed her artwork, allowing “the painted narrative to spill into the space of the viewer.”
“My current works are investigations into personal guiding mythologies that continuously grow and warp as time passes. Traditional symbolism mixes with private imagery to illustrate the ways that I have adopted unreasonable belief systems – for example, religious orthodoxies, superstition and cultural ideals of femininity, Stinely said. “
The paintings are traditionally structured, but the combination of conventional and digital “animates them,” she said.
Stinely, who holds multiple degrees in painting including an MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, had not worked in 3-D printing until she arrived at ODU as an assistant professor in 2016. There, she was exposed to the Art Department’s Makerbot Z18 and was inspired to create new types of work.
“I have since studied and incorporated the methods necessary to generate objects that accompany and accentuate my painted works,” she said.
Although 3-D printing may seem like a stretch from painting, understanding processes is key to both, Stinely said.
“My father is an artist so I have been exposed to the visual arts my entire life,” she said. “My mother is a nurse and although she made her best efforts to sway me to study medicine, my father won out. I was never very good at chemistry. Nonetheless, the materiality of my works demands something of an understanding of various chemical processes.”
Science Pubs ODU is an opportunity for the community to engage with ODU researchers in an informal setting. Previous Pubs this school year have included small business entrepreneurship, green infrastructure and flooding, mental health and the military, cybersecurity, behavioral processes regarding tolling, and “lightning talks” from graduate students.
Networking begins at 6 p.m., followed by trivia and the talk at 6:30 p.m. at the Bearded Bird, 727 Granby St., Norfolk. The first 20 participants to arrive receive a free beverage ticket.