Dream Time Series:
For the past ten years or so, the source of inspiration for most of my paintings has been my dream work and spiritual work with a focus primarily on the human figure and its relationship to its internal and external environments. The work in this show includes some of those figurative pieces. My dream analysis has transformed my childhood nightmares and laid the groundwork for the exploration and integration of those dark elements into a better understanding of my emotions, goals, and spirit. Through dream work I have learned to delve into the realm of the unconscious and freely and unselfconsciously play with the images and words from my dreams, by blending and juxtaposing those things.
Ex Ovo Omnia Series – (From the Egg Everything)
– Ovid’s “Metamorphosis”
The egg is a shape without beginning or end and represents, to me, a self-contained cradle of the new, the fresh, and the infinite continuation of life. It is fragile, yet indestructible. I have used the shape of the egg as a symbol of the fragile moments of realization, wonder, and new beginnings. The eggs are protected by soulful, archetypal human figures that hold, listen, and stare at the eggs with curiosity and, at times, rapt attention. The eggs represent a moment of quiet awareness and the power of anticipation. There seems to be an almost endless symbolism and meaning for the egg; a microcosm of cosmic time and space, potentiality, the germ of creation, the life principle, scrambled, sunny-side up, or in an omelet of your choice.
The inspiration for my most recent work has come from more mundane subjects, simple things I pulled out of my cupboard or picked up while on a walk in the Colorado prairie or while hiking in the back country hills of New Mexico or while walking the beach in North Carolina.
I believe within all of my work there is a focus on the coming together of objects and ideas. I like the drama and rhythm of the edges of things; plastic and sand, flesh and egg shell, water and fog, with each edge having its own tension, grace, and gravity. That is what inspires me.
Artist Statement “Homegrown”
The Homegrown series is about local food. The paintings explore the movement of food from farm and waters to markets and to table. The paintings also celebrate the beauty of these foods: the intricate colors in a bunch of collards, the way onions can appear pearlescent. I have enjoyed exploring the colors and shapes in each and every one.
Woven through these pieces are my food memories and stories, a sort of autobiography in food. The food memories begin in my native mountains with the foods my grandmother grew and cooked daily. In 1979, I first came to the coast of North Carolina and have since spent more years here than in my native mountains. So the traditional foods of eastern NC are celebrated as well.
I hope this work sparks conversations about your food memories and our magnificent local food.
My current work continues to explore the beauty of simple objects and scenes, as well as the shared memories they can invoke.
About the Artist
Angela Rowe is a native of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. Although she grew up drawing and making objects, she took other career paths, working an architectural historian, in arts administration, and managing high complexity global projects for IBM.
Since 2013 Angela has focused on making art, maintaining a studio practice at ACME Art Studios since 2014. She received an AFA in Visual Art from Cape Fear Community College In May 2018.
Primarily a painter, she also works in mixed media, print making and ceramics.
Judy started painting while living in Peru, SA, at the age of 26. That was over 40 years ago.
Upon returning to the USA, Judy worked as an artists’ model, where she met established artists, who critiqued her art. This was invaluable. She was taught how to “see” color, composition and expression. Her quest to learn more gave her the incentive to enroll at the University of Maryland for a second BA, in Studio Arts.
Ms. Hintz Cox resigned from her Psychiatric RN career to pursue art full time in 1999. For the past 20 years, Judy has developed a unique style as an abstract minimalist.
She has exhibited extensively throughout the USA.
Picture a blank canvas. Prior to beginning a new painting, I sit and stare at a blank canvas. My attempt is to empty my mind. I have no preconceived image. After some time, I stand in front of the canvas and apply paint. The process has begun. I step back to view the canvas and take my cues from what I see.
I am interested in conveying spaciousness. I believe there is infinite space within each of us. It is that place of stillness which brings joy. The spaciousness I attempt in my art is meant to be a reminder of possibilities, not necessarily a sense of joy.
When painting, one canvas leads to another and each is an attempt to reach my ongoing quest. When “caught up” in the mental exercise of self-validation, the painting suffers. Therefore, I attempt to let go of thoughts.
I don’t expect viewers to respond to my work the same way I do. If any emotion is felt while looking at my work, that is enough.
Debra Bucci is known for her vibrant and engaging floral paintings.
Dynamic color palettes, moving compositions and translucency from layering oils all work together to enhance the depth and bring Debra’s art to life. Her inspiration comes from the high’s and low’s of the human experience and believes this tension makes the art connectable. Her style is rooted in realism and woven with abstract elements.
Debra is a published illustrator and has achieved success as a licensed fine artist. Her art has been featured in Plow & Hearth magazine and can be found on ArtNeedlepoint.com. She has public and private collectors throughout the US including Savorez Restaurant and Wilmington Magazine. She is an anchor artist at Art in Bloom Gallery and is showing work at The Cameron Art Museum. She recently had a show at The District Kitchen & Cocktails and has exhibited at the Wilmington International Airport.
Debbie has a BFA in Design from Drexel University where she studied oil painting and enjoyed a corporate career in Package Design. She has recently moved to Wilmington, NC with her husband “Art” and dog “T-Bone”.
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