TOBY SISSON | …and other poems


…and other poems

TOBY SISSON, dark moon #2 (2015) encaustic monotype on paper, series of 16, 15”x15”TOBY SISSON, dark moon #2 (2015) encaustic monotype on paper, series of 16, 15”x15”

April 23 – May 31, 2015

Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 25, 6PM – 9PM

Gallery Hours:
Thursday + Friday, 3PM – 8PM
Saturday + Sunday, 12PM – 5PM
Other Days by Appointment

Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to present “…and other poems” by Toby Sisson from April 23 – May 31, 2015, featuring a series of mixed media paintings, drawings and prints inspired by a compilation of author and social critic James Baldwin’s lesser known verses. The opening reception is Saturday, April 25 from 6PM – 9PM.

“and other poems” reflects the latest evolution in Toby Sisson’s visual vocabulary, highlighting compositions from 2014 and 2015. Many of the most recent works are inspired by the poetry of James Baldwin from the new volume, “Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems”, a compilation of his lessor known verses. Sisson’s current body of work explores the breadth of metaphoric meaning that can be derived from non-objective abstraction, especially psychological and social content.

“Through mixed media compositions, I make paradoxical concepts tangible through formal elements, such as a repeated use of black as both presence and absence, simultaneously weighted and ephemeral,” notes Sisson. “I value the associative power of abstract images for their capacity to suggest complex ideas with basic colors and shapes.”

By working with a variety of substances — graphite, charcoal, beeswax, oil and ink on paper or wood — Sisson has discovered that asymmetrical relationships of materials, scale and tone have veiled yet potent connotations.

According to Baldwin, “The artistic image is not intended to represent the thing itself, but, rather, the reality of the force the thing contains.”

The opening reception for “…and other poems” is Saturday, April 25, from 6PM – 9PM.  The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, May 31, 2015. This is Sisson’s first solo exhibition at Yellow Peril Gallery.

About Toby Sisson
TOBY SISSON was a bartender for 30 years but wanted to be an artist all her life. One day in midlife, she took a leap of faith toward her dream — cut back to part-time, withdrew her savings, and entered art school. Sisson earned her BFA, Magna Cum Laude, and was Co-Valedictorian of her graduating class, one of only a handful of minority students at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota. With a focus on drawing, painting, public art and teaching, she received her MFA from the University of Minnesota. In 2009, Sisson joined the faculty of Clark University in Worcester Massachusetts as an Assistant Professor of Studio Art where she teaches Beginning and Advanced Drawing and Painting, Studio Topics and Senior Thesis seminars. She was awarded the Edward Hodgkins Junior Faculty of the Year Prize in 2011 for meritorious contributions in creative practice, teaching and service. In 2014, Clark University students nominated her for an Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Sisson’s home and studio practice are located in Providence, Rhode Island. For more information about Toby Sisson, visit

About Yellow Peril Gallery
Founded in 2011, YELLOW PERIL GALLERY is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant, a historic mill complex in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The Gallery fosters modern art critiques on popular culture and society from emerging, mid-career and established artists in the United States and abroad. Our inventory comprises of works of art from critically-acclaimed artists who have been featured in biennials and museum exhibitions, participated in top tier art fairs and acquired by private collectors worldwide. Artists that we represent share our commitment to social responsibility, and 10% from the sale of all artwork is donated to a charitable organization of the Artists’ choice. For more info about future exhibitions, visit

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