February 17th to March 19th
Opening reception on Friday, February 17th from 6 – 10 pm and be in the gallery for First Friday on March 3rd, 2017
From eye lounge member Kim Sweet.
So lightly here…, new works by painter Kim Sweet, are meditations on the inherent instability of the human condition.
The paintings, made of oil and wax on canvas or panel, explore the relationship between loss and change while searching for a kind of beauty that is possible in the struggle to find ones bearings. The paintings are compressed, dense, often with little or no horizon….and, as expressed by the title of one of the smaller works, are about the feeling of being “in the deep weeds.” The inability to see a clear path ahead, letting go of a known future and living in that compressed space are the foundational elements of this body of work.
Sweet says that she was interested in tapping into the notions of suffering and joy that resonated with her in the work of Robinson Jeffers and Naomi Shihab Nye. “I love that line by Robinson Jeffers,” Sweet says. “The one that goes, ‘I sadly smile, remembering that the flower fades to make fruit, the fruit rots to make the earth.’”