Exes in Con(text)
My "Exes" (actually these are my husband's Grandmother's Exes) was juried into the June Art League Show, "Con(text): Art With A Message. The Juror was John James Anderson. This is one of my "Common Threads" series, which came about when my husband and I were cleaning out an old family house and found a cache of old photographs and letters. In the background of this piece are some of the love letters written to my husband's Grandmother, Lucy. I think she must have broken some hearts!
I am honored to win an Honorable Mention in the "Art in City Hall" show in Alexandria VA. This city wide effort by The Art League, the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, Del Ray Artisans and the Torpedo Factory At Center brings this art show to the Halls of City Hall. On view every weekday from March 26 to September 14, the exhibit features artwork juried by Ali Ringenburg, from Principle Gallery. The Opening Recepiton is Monday, May 21st from 5:30 to 7:30.
Limb Letter won an Honorable Mention. It is part of my Common Threads Series of Mixed Media paintings. The series is an exploration of personal histories. My interest was sparked when I was clearing out an old family home… In among the treasures and trash were a cache of family photos, some labeled, many not. It made me curious about those people in the past, what did they think, feel, do? What was important to them? Who made a difference? How are they connected to each other and to us? What are the common threads?
In starting a painting, often I begin with a story to tell, but sometimes the story emerges from the artwork. Sometimes, the story is elusive. My process involves working with layers, transparencies and double exposures, by utilizing collage, photo transfers, paint, found objects, and monoprinting in my artwork. As I build up layers, earlier surfaces sometimes disappear, like memories, layered beneath fresh elements. At times, I peel away top layers to reveal what is underneath. Visual elements often found in my artwork include: leaves, trees, portraits of people, quilts and fabrics and threads. To me these represent families and their history, and the links the past has to the present.
Went to an amazing Opening Reception last night at the Art League. Georgia Nassikas was showing her wonderful encaustic landscape paintings in a solo show at the Art League Gallery. She uses HER OWN BEESWAX to create her paintings. They need to be viewed both up close, to admire the intricacy and mark-making, and from across the room to see the ethereal landscapes. I highly recommend a visit to the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, and specifically the Art League Gallery this month, to see Georgia's paintings. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm (open Thursdays until 9pm) and Sundays noon-6pm. www.theartleague.org .
I have been an artist all of my life. I can't help it. Drew on the walls in kindergarten, painted pictures in high school, went to Art School, worked as an art director, started painting again. And am loving it.