Artist SpotlightDoug Mott and Maryann Worrell

photo provided Maryann Worrell (left) and Doug Mott are a artistic duo that call Chester County home. Their work can currently be seen at Phoenix Village Art Center in Phoenixville.

Phoenix Intern

In their newest exhibit, "Home," metal artists Doug Mott and Maryann Worrell explore the various ways in which the very concept of the word can be defined. As local artists who call the Chester County area their homes, this is Doug and Maryann's first thematic, non-commissioned collaboration on an exhibit.

The pair met two years ago while working on the Franklin Commons Project, creating sculptures out of scrap materials and metals from the area. Their latest project, much like the Franklin Commons Project, uses similar materials, including steel and concrete to generate what they say explores "the dynamic environments which shape us."

Aside from their work with metals, both Doug and Maryann find inspiration for their art in other hobbies. As an adjunct professor at Arcadia University in Glenside, Maryann teaches metals and jewelry to students who have similar interests in metalwork. They both use alternative music and literature to produce ideas that, in turn, become the artwork they construct.

The term "home," for Doug is "so ubiquitous." It was through this exhibit that they were able to mold and transform this very abstract concept into their own particular renditions. In their series and creation of the work that generates ideas about the term "home," Doug and Maryann have created several different pieces that all provide visual interpretations as their response to the very abstract concept of home.

Their series entitled "Nests" is a collection of cast resin sculptures on steel supports that, as defined by Doug Mott, help to depict "where you start and where you come from." Created from the same materials, the "Houses" series, a collection of six photographs encased in house-shaped cast resin sculptures, assist to elaborate on the "frozen moments" that can be found throughout life.

On a larger scale, Doug and Maryann have constructed sculptures several feet in height that "personally" describe their interpretations of home. Despite the possibility of potential controversy over some of their pieces, Doug feels that they will "generate conversation," in the hopes of allowing people to find their own personal messages and meanings within the art.

After six months of strenuous work, Doug and Maryann both feel "very pleased" with their final result and have already begun to look toward the future. Although the economy has created some difficulties in finding and obtaining certain materials, both Doug and Maryann agree that there is definitely no shortage in ideas. For young and aspiring artists the advice Maryann gives is simple, "One of the biggest obstacles for students after they graduate is the obvious need to make a living. Work every day with your art and find a dedicated spot to do your work. Surround yourself with a community of artists."

Their exhibit can be seen at the Phoenix Village Art Center on Bridge Street in Phoenixville until September 30. Additionally, there will be a Meet and Greet reception on September 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. All pieces are up for sale; contact Maryann Worrell at (610) 405-0708 or e-mail for pricing.

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