of bodies, of water

Ellen Nemetz
Opening Reception Friday, February 16th, 6-10pm
February 16 – March 11, 2018

Eye Lounge is pleased to present Of Bodies, Of Water, an exhibition of new work by artist Ellen Nemetz.

“The exhibition Of Bodies, Of Water, is focused on the importance of water in our arid-landscape. We rely on water as a fundamental necessity for life but also as an oasis of beauty, relaxation, and recreation.

Many of my cherished memories involve water. My paintings represent the enjoyment and enhanced well-being that comes from being in and around water.  In this series, I hope to evoke the peace and serenity that I feel. The hypnotizing movements of water reflections for me are imbued with tranquility.

Ninety percent of the water used in Southern Arizona is provided by the Colorado River. My paintings follow the Colorado from Lake Havasu through Phoenix and on to the reprocessing of treated wastewater used to recreate wetlands and refill aquifers. Also included are paintings of Arizona surface water.

Water’s value in our desert environment cannot be overestimated. In The Water Diviner, Dannie Abse’s words resonate with my emotional reaction to living in the desert:

Late, I have come to a parched land
doubting my gift, if 
gift I have,
the inspiration of water

spilt, swallowed in the sand.

The beautifully colored reflections can be enjoyed as a visual experience or a metaphor for memory, but also relate to the necessity of water in all areas of our lives.”  – Ellen Nemetz 

Ellen Nemetz, a contemporary artist, based in Phoenix.  Ms. Nemetz is known for her contemporary representationalism. She works in oil and acrylic. Her artwork is built on self-examination and observations of her own mental and emotional processes.

Ms. Nemetz studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin and Studio Art at Maricopa County Community Colleges, in Arizona. She is the recipient of two League of Innovation Awards, 2013 and 2014. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally and is in public and private collections in Europe and the United States.

The exhibition will be on view from February 16 – March 11, 2018. An artist hosted opening reception will take place on Third Friday, February 16th from 6 – 10 PM. The artist will be in the gallery for First Friday, March 2nd during regular eye lounge hours and by appointment.

Eye Lounge Gallery is located at 419 E Roosevelt Street in Phoenix. The gallery is open Fridays from 6 – 9 PM, Saturdays 1 – 5 PM, Sundays from 11 AM – 3 PM, and during MADE gift shop hours.

For more information contact: Ellen Nemetz
Ellen.Nemetz@cox.net or eyelounge@gmail.com