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April 2013

West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg, SC, Features Works by Sydney A. McMath

The West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg, SC, will present Changeling: The Limits of Human Interaction, featuring recent paintings by Sydney A. McMath, on view Apr. 18 through May 13, 2013. A reception will be held on Apr. 18, from 6-9pm.

McMath will be displaying a collection of new paintings which will explore the emotional and sociological components of human interaction. The pieces investigate the extent to which other people affect on the individual and create and recreate one’s self-identity. She is an active member of the West Main Artists Co-op and works mainly large-scale and abstract, often with vibrant color and textures.

McMath grew up in the Washington DC, suburbs of Southern Maryland and is a graduate of Converse College (‘04, BFA) and is a full time musician and artist. Despite frequent public performances musically, this will be her first public art show since attending Converse. McMath will also have her handmade sterling silver, gemstone, and crystal jewelry for sale. All profits from the sale of jewelry go directly to animal rescue and rehabilitation.

McMath has been exposed to art throughout her entire life, frequently attending museums and galleries and participating in arts and music programs from the age of three. Always the inquisitive sort, she has been interested in human interaction her entire life. She has studied psychology and sociology extensively and, from an art history perspective, has frequently attempted to relate historical events with the art of the time. The complexity of human interaction, positive and negative, has always interested McMath, and her current body of work explores the extent of human interactions in the shaping of one’s own self-image, and how closely related we actually are, as individuals, to those who surround us. No man is an island, indeed, as our experiences with others, directly or indirectly, can not help but shape us and leave us forever changed.

The West Main Artists Co-op provides affordable studio space and exhibition space for local artists. Locally made art is for sale in the Gallery Shop and the galleries. West Main Artists Co-op is a nonprofit organization, funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Co-op at 864/804-6501 or visit (www.westmainartists.org).

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