'Pieces of Me' aqua media and collage paintings by Carolyn Wilson Exhibition dates: July 3 -30 2017 Where: Upstairs Art Gallery, 306 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448 Reception: Saturday July 8 5-8pm
Full of personal history and layers of meaning, British expatriate Carolyn Wilson's new series of collage pieces capture aspects of her experience living and traveling in England. She says, "Communicating more than what is merely visible on the surface, my latest collage work incorporates ephemera, such as maps, printed words and postage stamps. The work is embedded with fragments of my life story - pieces of me. The mementos might end up being only partially visible beneath layers of paper, or completely hidden, but their inclusion is important to my creative process and the evolution of a piece. The viewer needs to take a close look to discover them."
Carolyn's collage work has a tactile, fabric like quality, and contemporary style framing of paintings on canvas or wood panels eliminates the need for glass, allowing viewers to enjoy and even touch the rich surface textures. Many of Carolyn's new works are small in size, although equally as creative and detailed as her larger paintings. She uses a variety of aqua media, (meaning anything dissolved with water) such as watercolor, acrylic, inks and gesso in combination with collage elements of found or hand colored rice papers.
Dates: - Join artists, Carolyn Wilson and Cynthia Jackson-Hein, for English style tea and biscuits (cookies)...and moreonSaturday July 8th5-8pm. - In addition, Carolyn will be in the gallery on Saturday, July 8th11-8pm and Friday, July 14th11-8pm, or by appointment. - Carolyn's art will be featured in the gallery from July 3 - July 30 2017
Demo:Drop in to watch her working in the gallery on a collage piece - Saturday, July 15th1-3pm
In England, outgoing letters do not get collected from your home, as they do here in the States. You have to drop them in the mail, so these pillar boxes are a very familiar sight on street corners throughout the UK. The cast iron post box depicted here is one of the earliest around - dating from the reign of Queen Victoria, as designated by the VR monogram. The Royal Mail began in the 16th century with letters being carried by stagecoach, but the world's first postage stamp, the Penny Black, wasn't invented till 1840. I have been saving stamps from personal letters and postcards for decades. My attraction is partly connected to travel, and the countries and cultures they represent, but they are also beautiful miniature pieces of art in their own right. If you look closely this painting, there are stamps, British maps and other treasures hidden into the collage. Who doesn't love to receive a handwritten card or letter complete with a real stamp or two to seal the deal?
The gull can be seen as a symbol of creativity, following a dream and believing in yourself. The inspiration for this painting was to create a subtle visual reminder for me to do the same. In Richard Bach's book, young Jonathan Livingston Seagull teaches others in his flock the importance of expressing individuality and following your own path. A creed for life as an artist perhaps?