Exciting Contemporary Gallery in the Historic Centro

By Maida Barron

Hidden behind a colonial façade in the historic center of San Miguel de Allende is a contemporary, light-filled space. The gallery, which Terry Tomlinson designed, mirrors the minimalist beauty and tranquility of her art. The antique doors open into a magical and serene entry that has a Koi pond and waterfall where one can begin to appreciate Terry’s art.

“Papeles Transformados,” for instance, is a water sculpture cast with over 1000 sheets of paper that she made from alfalfa and cotton wherein water flows through the paper structure. Once inside the gallery, the open spaces and high ceilings offer an unobstructed view of the art that abounds.

In her work, Tomlinson explores the possibilities of papermaking to the utmost. She uses Nagashizuki, a Japanese papermaking technique, and traditional abaca and kozo fibers that display some of the more sensual and refined qualities of paper. The paper is cast or embedded, sometimes illuminated, with a variety of materials such as metal, mica, and natural fibers. For the artist, the medium of handmade paper embodies the fragile and temporary qualities inherent in all aspects of life. The imagery, drawn from her internal visual vocabulary, is abstracted in imagery, minimal in content, and direct in feeling, in an effort to step out of time into stillness.

Terry Tomlinson comes from a background of painting and bronze sculpture, having studied in such places as the Art Students League and the Woodstock School of Art before discovering hand papermaking 15 years ago. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group shows for over 30 years, and her art is held in private and corporate collections in the US, Mexico, Canada, and Europe. The gallery, located at Terraplén 29 between Jesús and Aldama, is open Wednesdays from 11am–3pm or by appointment. Phone 152 2616, website: terryanntomlinson.com



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