Here’s what’s happening Jan. 20-April 7, 2023: Guest juror Jamie Nichols selected 3 of my works out of 89 pieces entered for the first exhibition of 2023 in Arts Illiana Gallery at Terre Haute, Indiana.
Among the 58 works selected by Nichols for “Spaces & Places, Oh My . . .” is my City in Pane, a 14×20 giclee canvas, created during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown in 2020 and pictured below at a 2021 Wabash Valley Art Guild Spring Show; and Wyoming Vista, a 12×20 landscape on high gloss metal with acrylic float, which received a 3rd Place in Sept. 2022 at Covered Bridge Art Association Gallery in Rockville, Indiana.
Also in “Spaces & Places” is my triptych on high gloss metal titled Approaching Fear Head-On, which illustrates Gephyrophobia, fear of crossing a bridge. It received a 3rd Place in an August 2022 juried exhibition hosted in Terre Haute by River City Art Association.
As a member of River City Art Association in Terre Haute I have the opportunity to share some of my artwork in RCAA’s Artist of the Month gallery space in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.
Throughout January I share my 2020 vision of the world that inspired me to create unique imagery – that I know now, but I didn’t know then – would help control my emotional bleed through 2022.
The back story of my library display (not in today’s news article) starts in early March 2020 with a fantasy world I created: Rainbow Galaxy on YouTube.
Then COVID-19 shattered my rose-colored glasses, inspiring my vision for City in Pane (a reflective piece of place and time in Terre Haute) and Jumanji, intensifying the stranglehold the shutdown would have on life as we knew it. Then came the imagery in the dramatic interpretation of COVID in Nature.
In summer 2020, after shutdown, a brief respite from the COVID storm opened up Big Sky Country and a vista of Wyoming, beauty as far as the eye could see from the peaks of Beartooth Mountains.
In fall/winter 2020, the COVID resurgence loosened the tourniquet and out poured my Flood of Emotions by abstract definition. From that same photograph of beautiful Kentucky Lake, I channeled my life blood, sweat and tears through the screaming eyes and animal imagery in another abstract I titled Voodoo.
I created several other COVID-induced abstracts in 2020 and after vaccinations in March 2021, the emotional bleed was under control … until now, in January 2022, with The Perfect Storm brewing on the horizon.
Threats by Delta, and now Omicron, and the impending fear of the unknown in retirement rage through my very being.
In February, the tourniquet goes back on but I’ll loosen it from time to time to express myself through my photographs and abstract imagery.
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