Nereids Reach the Deep Sea Floor (Detail)

OKWA: Why Paint? at Art Noise Gallery is now open. It can be viewed in person (yay!) as well as virtually at https://shop.artnoise.ca/pages/in-the-gallery

Nereids Reach the Deep Sea Floor

Acrylic, ink, crayon, mesh netting on canvas (2021)

Size: w 16″ x h 10″ x d 1.75″

Why Paint? That is the question asked of members of the Organization of Kingston Women Artists. Those in the group who choose paint as their medium have responded and their work will be exhibited in a show at Art Noise Gallery, Kingston, Canada (https://www.artnoise.ca/gallery.html) from 24 June to 07 August 2021. My contributions to this show include this piece as well as Nereids in the Garden of Hippocampus (https://npaulartworks.com/2021/01/13/nereids-in-the-garden-of-hippocampus/).

Nereids Reach the Deep Sea Floor started with an impulse to play – with pigment, mediums, collage – with paint. Over time and iterations I came to understand at last where it was going and brought in the Nereids and their friends: the luminescent, fanged creatures of the dark mountainous world that is the bottom of the ocean. Monstrous in appearance to us, it is they who are under threat, endangered because of the commercial fishery practice of bottom trawling. (Present here: Dragonfish (x2), anomuran, coelacanth, hatchet fish, fangtooth (x2), anglerfish, viperfish (x2), predatory tunicate, frilled shark, gulper eel (x2), tube-eye.)

Nereids in the Garden of Hippocampus

Acrylic and ink on canvas (2021)

Size: w 16″ x h 10″ x d 1.75″

Inspired by, and dedicated to, SJ by her AN.

Hippocampus: part of the brain associated with memory, thought to resemble a seahorse.

The starting point for this painting was an image of the hippocampus obtained by means of antibody staining by Thomas Deerinck and Mark Ellisman (2004), reproduced in Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century. My sea dragon (barely discernible, certainly not recognizable, in any case upside down) inhabits an underwater garden of memory, dream and desire.

Leaning In (II)

Acrylic, graphite, water soluble crayon on paper mounted on birch panel (2020)

Size: w 12″ x h 10″ x d 1.5″

This work is from the Lines half of my show, Time/Lines, now on exhibit at Art Noise Gallery until August 8th (https://www.artnoise.ca/gallery.html). In addition to the virtual show, it is now possible to view it in person by appointment — see a bit of how the show looks hung on the gallery’s bamboos walls: https://www.facebook.com/artnoisestore

My new website continues to expand as I add images and information: https://www.npaulvisualart.com/

Butterflies

Acrylic on travertine tiles (2019)

Size: each is h 4″ x w 4″ x d 0.5″

These and other works are currently on exhibit until December 30 at the Show of Smalls at Art Noise, Kingston https://www.artnoise.ca/gallery.html

The Piggery in Newburgh (owner/operator Jaana Parks) is displaying several of my larger pieces on canvas as well as numerous small pieces such as those shown above. https://www.thepiggerygallery.com/

Life Lines/ Red Lines (1)

Acrylic, graphite, gesso on wood panel; Diptych (2019)

Size: w 12″ x h 16″ (x two)

This work, as well as Life Lines/ Red Lines (2), is currently on exhibit in the juried show, “Seeing Red,” at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery (St Lawrence College, Brockville Ontario campus) until November 22nd.