This solo exhibition hosts 10 large works and numerous smaller works. My new work focuses on how the world is shifting from a point of disintegration to integration, from suffering to restoration. I believe that in a “return to Eden” we can find solace in the natural world.
In the truest sense,”beauty” expresses the vulnerability of the materials and the artist. I hope to make the viewer stop and connect with the pure essence of the natural world as it is expressed in my work. I hope that you can feel the energy of the minerals, the paint, the glass.
The glass expresses the reflective quality of life itself. And, the use of finely granulated silver, copper, bronze, and gold speaks to the divinity within the natural world.
I am a process artist. I work quietly and sensitively, responding to the materials and the formal elements. . . sensing what is unnecessary and knowing when to stop. Just like the jazz that I listen to as I paint, I allow the elements to play off of one another, exploring colors, shapes, and textures in their on-going evolution.
A key element of my work is “transience,” an aesthetic that connotes the acceptance of brokenness and imperfection. To create in this way I must surrender to the materials, the process and the way in which the materials interact. Within this state of surrender, I bring all of the elements to a harmonic conclusion.
We are all searching for a peace in this ever-changing world. I hope that my work entices the viewer to slow down, take a moment to soak in the beauty of the materials, the color relationships and the push and pull of the space. I hope that my work opens your minds and hearts to see the elegance of transience and the beauty within our imperfect world, and to accept the “humanness” within each of us.
October 20, 2016
© Copyright 2015 Mary Barr Rhodes.