Through bold forms and graphic use of color, artists Bbblob, Stacey Beach and Paulina Ho explore escapism, feminine identity, and the transitory quality of emotions in the exhibition Shapeshifter. Go behind the scenes below.
Ho’s paintings depict a bare desert landscape in shades of ochre and rose, and moments of humor disrupt the escapist terrain through the presence of anthropomorphized cacti, rocks, and low-hanging clouds. With titles like It’s Safe To Come Out and Surrender, Ho’s work draws attention to the importance of self reflection in isolation as a tool to enhance intuition and learn to trust the unknown.
Beach’s monumentally-scaled textile works celebrate the marginalized traditions of crafting and decorative and folk arts, and their inextricable association with the maternal, the domestic, and the feminine. Composed of piece-sewn black cotton fabric on contrasting raw canvas, these works from Beach’s Power Structures series feature abstracted yet figurative forms that explore ideas of female representation, authority, and hierarchy.
Bbblob’s works on shaped canvas and wall-mounted low-relief woodcuts express harmony through the experience of color and form. Suggesting a sense of movement, fluid subtle shifts from fuchsia to coral balance dramatic transitions from electric green to violet. Abundant with vibrancy, Bbblob’s works mirror the perpetual evolution, and ever-changing temporal state, of emotions.
In Shapeshifter, Bbblob, Beach, and Ho develop a lexicon of shapes and symbols that serve to describe concepts and experiences that shift in their meaning as soon as their outlines come into focus. Through painting, sculpture, and textiles, these three artists employ a graphic sensibility to tackle these ephemeral qualities and translate them into bold images that speak with certainty and conviction.
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