Monday, July 29, 2013; 6:30 p.m.
Location: Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland, Maine
Contact: Nancy Walker; 207-775-3052
Laylah Ali lives and works in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Her small, figurative gouache paintings take her many months to complete, as she meticulously plots out every aspect of her work in advance, from subject matter to choice of color and brushes. Her meticulous paintings resemble comic-book serials, but they also contain stylistic references to hieroglyphics and American folk-art traditions, producing a high level of emotional tension as a result of juxtaposing brightly colored scenes with dark, often violent subject matter that speaks of political resistance, social relationships, and betrayal.