Mixed Media Artist Lewis Knauss and Fiber Artist Carol Shinn habitually incorporate the notion of place into their work. Shinn’s work focuses on the moods evoked by place, focusing our attention on the beauty of the overlooked. Her embroidered scenes suggest a narrative without telling a specific story; the story instead becomes the one the viewer tells about his or her relation to the locale depicted.
Knauss’ work directly reflects a return to the landscape. Each work is created thread by thread, line by line, as landscape textures are naturally created blade by blade, leaf by leaf. Each meticulous piece marks a moment in time, or a memory from a place where Knauss was once connected.
Sheryl Zacharia’s ceramic sculptures in the show are a continuation of the theme chosen for her latest body of work entitled “People, Places and Things”, based on the artist’s notion that the places we live and travel to (in addition to the people and things we love and choose to surround ourselves with) are much of what define us. Zacharia’s works are characterized by their lyrical quality, stemming from her background in music.
Judith Content’s new fiber works created for the show are also very lyrical, in an atmospheric context. Each is based on the trees that line the creeks and rivers of New Mexico throughout the changing seasons and they add a beautiful element of harmony to the show as a whole.
True to the landscape-based theme, the show also includes works from three gallery painters: Colorist Mark Bowles, Abstracts from Hilario Gutierrez and Modernist Krista Harris. All three artists employ a non-representational approach to capturing the essence of the Southwest’s unique landscapes, but in very different ways.
Gutierrez’ works are inspired directly by the natural layers, textures, patterns and colors of the earth and sky of the Sonoran Desert and its quiet intensity.