Come meet Anne Q McKeown, whose show Language/Line is currently in the Center for Visual Arts (CVA) gallery, on October 17 from 11:30 am to 12:30 p.m. in the CVA Gallery.

Come hear McKeown explain her creative process, talk about the show and describe her talent of papermaking. There will be a chance to ask McKeown questions and view the show. The reception will be held that evening from 5 to 7 p.m. in the CVA Gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

“My work gives voice to the world around me, punctuated with reference to images that have affected my love of art,” McKeown said of her process. “Contemporary social issues, filtered through my life experience, are a jumping off point for my choice of imagery.”

In McKeown’s work, she combines rational and conceptual process with intuitive inquiry. With concept in hand she calls on chance, accident and random samplings to form the basis of her work. In addition, she develops lines and shapes to tell her story. Some are symbolic shapes and some are taken from the canon of art history.

As a visual artist, a maker of things, it is teaching, collaborations with artists of all mediums and work with groups of people internationally, that give McKeown insight into the splendid ability of the artist’s mind. McKeown is empowered by these experiences. They are all part of her practice in a lifelong search to find and exercise her voice.

At the base of this search is an intensely remembered understanding of image making at age four. Her identity as an image creator grew as she did. Work in water color paintings, drawing, oil paint, and printmaking were all investigated mediums. In 1995, handmade paper entered McKeown’s vocabulary. In the decades since the first sheet was pulled, she has relied on the plasticity of cellulose in her collaborations.

In her individual work, she uses handmade paper as both substrate and for three-dimensional interpretation. “I love to paint but also enjoy the tactile quality that goes along with thinking with my hands, so over many years, papermaking has allowed me to fulfill both these creative needs.”

Language/Line will be in the CVA Gallery until October 30. Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon and Thursday-Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is  free.