Today marked the first day of the show, Human-Nature, which I am in, along with fellow artists, Jane Baigent and Arlene Nesbitt, and I spent the better part of it taking photographs of the work. It was a fun show to hang and thrilling to see how well the pieces worked together despite coming at the theme from different perspectives and using varied media. While I shot photos a number of visitors wandered in, all expressing a delight in and appreciation for the work. This bodes well for our opening reception tomorrow night, when we will be honored to present the work to the public.
Below is our artist statement for the show.
“This show explores our changing and profound relationship to nature and how it shines a light on our own human nature. The dichotomy of the destructive and protective forces both within and around us, the illusion of permanence, the beauty as well as dismay in disaster, the ebb and flow and convergence of people and place are themes that the three artists ponder and feel passionate about.
Jane Baigent loves to play with scale. She creates large sized images on canvas, portraits of places that exist only as drawings. The bold, finely textures renderings of rockfaces and tidelines appear eerily human in form and at the same time these close-ups of nature resemble much larger landscapes seen from a great distance. The depictions of stone eroded by wind and water allude to the impermanence of all things.
The inspiration for Chiarina Loggia’s work comes from her journey through this life. Meditations on love, loss, passion and compassion, solitude and connection, constancy and impermanence, strength and fragility, beauty and sorrow abound in her work. Places she has lived have left their indelible mark on her spirit and her artistic sensibilities. The figurative elements in her work combine with landscapes, words, natural materials and three dimensional forms to reveal a love of story-telling through visual imagery.
Passion is uppermost in Arlene Nesbitt’s work. Her watercolours are redolent with energy and emotion and infused with a love and respect for our natural world in all its beauty and force. The battle between destructive and nurturing forces are played out on her abstracted landscapes in vibrant organic forms and color.
All three artists feel a strong sense of the interconnectedness within our planet. They feel the pull of the natural world and its call to arms; they present its beauty and also a plea for stewardship so it may continue to sustain us all. The result is a powerful presentation of evocative and inspired artwork.
First follow Nature, and your judgment frame
By her just standard, which is still the same:
Unerring Nature, still divinely bright,
One clear, unchang’d, and universal light,
Life, force, and beauty, must to all impart,
At once the source, and end, and test of art.
by Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)
The show is on at The Main Gallery at Cedar Hill, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd, Victoria B.C., V8P 3Y3
Opening reception, August 2, 7-9pm
Artist talk – August 9, 7pm
Show continues till August 13, 2012