Now Showing At Brooks Museum, Memphis
I’m absolutely thrilled to have my work on display at the prestigious Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis. My painting, Great Heights was selected to be in the show, If I Can Dream. It also won honorable mention in the professional category. The show will be up til the end of September, check it out!
Earlier this month, when I was dropping off the painting, we toured the current exhibits at the museum. In the same gallery my painting is currently hanging was a drawing by the artist Carroll Cloar. (His work is featured at the ASU Library. It’s the giant mosaic as you walk through the doors.) He is from my hometown. I remember my great grandmother telling me stories about him. I went to Carroll Cloar workshops at our local museum. I’ve always loved his work and respected it as an artist. It was incredibly affirming to see his work where mine would soon be. Especially at the Brooks.
Here are some in-progress pictures of Great Heights:
Here is the tree featured in the painting:
Awesome! What is the medium? Was this from a dream or inspired from the tree? It has different conotations for me. A brain opening, growing, parting, going off in a different direction from the parent tree.
I also see a stock inanimate object supporting an organic image that is outgrowing the inanimate object. What was the guideline you had to adhere to?
This was done in acrylic. For me, the entire composition tells the story. No matter where you find yourself, your imagination can grow and take you anywhere: flourish like a beautiful tree or branch out in all directions. The tree represents the organic, nature and freedom, where the object, in this case a chair, represents the sedentary, structure, and purpose. Although beautiful, it does not have the qualities it once did (as a tree).
The guideline for the show was to interpret the phrase, If I Can Dream. I felt my painting represents this exactly. If I can dream, I am free.