Marlie Allgood, Juju's House, oil on canvas, 2021
For My Better Self
a solo exhibition by Marlie Allgood
The Batesville Area Arts Council is pleased to present For My Better Self, a solo exhibition by Marlie Allgood at the BAAC Gallery on Main (226 E Main St), June 21 – July 30.
Please join us for the reception Saturday, June 25, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Artist talk: 5:50 p.m. (Member-only happy hour: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. )
This exhibition is free and open to the public during BAAC’s regular gallery hours, Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Memories are blurry. I only remember major events from my childhood, often recalled through photos taken or stories told. What would I remember if memories were more reliable?
Through my work, I explore half-remembered moments, documenting memories that will hold importance for my future self. I make sense of my own history while understanding small details from my life represent a larger, understood feeling. The more specific I am, the more universal my art becomes. Life is in the details.
My artistic practice respects who I was as a child. I value the independent choices of my younger self and the things she loved. I treasure and collect material items combined with photographs from throughout my life. Then, I paint them as a story to guide my better self, to hold together who I was and who I will be.
Marlie Allgood is an oil painter living in Northwest Arkansas. She received her B.F.A in studio art from the University of Central Arkansas in 2018. In her practice, she documents moments in time from her childhood and upbringing, representing the endless possibilities of the future. Marlie has worked in a variety of arts institutions, and is currently a Studio Educator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art where she teaches art classes and creates educational programming. Her work has been shown at locations including Batesville Area Arts Council, Walton Arts Center, Terros Gallery, and more.