Six grad painters make “Intimate Affaire” reception Sat 05/19/2012 6-9 pm, 214 West Bay #3
214 W. Bay St #3 (private residence)
Savannah GA, 31401
*by appointment only
Reception: Saturday, May 19, 2012 6:00 – 9:00 pm
The exhibition is curated by Jen Small, who was previously a high-school art educator and is currently a MFA candidate at Savannah College of Art and Design. She makes abstract paintings and prints infused with the theme of a day in the life of particular journeys she has taken. She has a keen eye for space and color both within her paintings and when placing art into a space.
To participate in society is to participate in a complicated and ever-shifting labyrinth of subjective hierarchies. Using the tension created by pairing the familiar with the strange, I stage two-dimensional and three-dimensional characters in portraits and loose narratives illustrating an assortment of subjective evaluations. My themes range from politics and religion to art and inter-personal relationships with the common aim of exposing the effect and potential folly of people’s assumptions and prejudgments. My work serves as a reminder of the cycle of judgment, the hilarity of pretending to know.
My latest body of work explores the archetypes of sacred geometry through simple form and color, revealing an inherent language in nature that recurs on a myriad of physical levels. These structures constitute the forms within human perception, which echo universal configurations ranging from microscopic particles to the greater cosmos. Like the architectural construction of the universe, my recent paintings on copper explore the two-dimensional aspects of a multi-dimensional language that is the foundation of all things created.
My work invokes a universal sense of loss and mortality through the decay of the image. I employ photographs from my family’s history inviting the viewer to contemplate the fleeting quality of memory, and to recognize the potency of the relics a person leaves behind when he or she passes. I treat these images as clues to life stories of which I know only fractions, as my way of providing context, as well as exploring beyond it. I mimic the passing of time through the application of abstract and painterly techniques that distort and blur the original image. Chance is integral to my process; it both frees my hand and loosens my control over the piece. My paintings show the gradual yet inevitable way of forgetting through an embrace of ambiguity and a representation of decay.
My body of work takes a critical view of Religious and social issues inspired from my upbringings and travels. Within my work, I deconstruct Religious stories, white lies, and tales that exist to deter children’s endless curiosity that are apart of our childhood and adult culture. My work generates familiar imagery and visuals, arranging them into new conceptually layered pieces. Within the work I’m conducting a lot of experimentation. I’m touching new grounds by moving my practice onto Yupo, tracing paper, Mylar, and a variety of heavy and light weight papers. A diverse set of drawing devices and colored inks will be used to deliver interesting elements within the pieces. Applying tinted resins and heavy gel mediums in-between layered sheets of drawn-on paper will result in depth-filled collages. While conducting research for my projects, I explore a wide variety of imagery. When drawing up figures and wild life, I don’t heavily rely on my own imagination. Rather I draw inspiration from Mother Nature’s wild imagination. Having my drawings inject an abundance of extremely rare and bizarre creatures that exist within the World’s most remote locations is an important factor. The imagery becomes more interesting knowing such beings obtain actual life.
My paintings are archeological digs through layers of paint. These surfaces create complex illusions of dimensionality. Illusions ranging from atmospheric depth to visceral globs that emphasize a variety of paint applications that force the viewer to enter artificial space. Through each excavated layer, I am unwrapping a gift, which reveals an unexpected treasure. The palimpsestic approach of layer upon layer of dripped, poured, sanded, and scraped surfaces constantly reveals new surprises. The amalgamation of these mark-making processes applied to a surface led me to create deceptively smooth yet multifaceted paintings.
I have been an avid collector of stories since childhood. These narratives have set the stage for story-telling as a key aspect in my work. Tales that have been passed on from generation to generation, continue to live within my art, along with new stories that take into account my endless curiosity of people and their experiences. Intricately hand crafted games and a wide range of puppets are the creations you will find within my studio walls. Puppets, stages, and games crafted from the finest materials have been, carved, stitched, sewn, and painted to play their parts. Pristine attention to detail inhabits tiny spaces that entice a viewer to enter into magical places. Interactive games and marionette theaters retell fairytales that explore made-up worlds and far away universes from deep within my mind.