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New Rochelle Art Exhibit Features Mash-Up Pieces

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – New Rochelle High School senior Gabby Cisneros said she was amazed by the Museum of Arts and Culture’s new mash-up art exhibit titled “Works by Debra Hampton.”

“It’s an inspiration to draw and for creative thinking,” Cisneros said recently during a break from class. “It brings together a lot of influence for art."

The current display at the Museum of Arts and Culture features a new exhibit presenting artist Debra Hampton's specialty artwork, which includes a wide variety of materials mashed up to create a new kind of medium to represent various ideas and concepts.

For example, Hampton creates elaborate representations of heroines by combining images taken from fashion and lifestyle advertisements along with multiple layers of her own drawings and ink splatters. She also forms sculptures from post-waste recycled plastic. Reached via e-mail, Hampton said her work addresses issues of consumption and identity with these techniques.

"The act of mixing up these disparate fragments into an entirely new form allows both myself and the viewer to have an entirely new experience of them and hopefully opens the door for discussion and imagination on many levels," said Hampton, a California native who lives in New York City and has her studio on Long Island.

Cisneros’s classmate, Lucie Saave, said she is able to use the exhibit as a model in her own artwork that she does in art teacher Alexi Brock’s class.

“It brings the community together with art pieces and sculptures,” Saave said of the exhibit and the museum.

The Museum of Arts and Culture is located in the new wing of New Rochelle High School , on North Avenue at Braemer. The area is open to the public Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For directions and more information, log on to www.dbmac.org or call (914) 576-6518.

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