Divergent Dreams: A Collective Reflection.
by Richard Hudon, Virginia Monsell, and Isobel Stanton
Artists Reception, First Friday, August 3, 5-8 PM
Artwork will be on display from 8/1/2018 - 9/29/18.
Richard Hudon: Spiritual enlightenment has been a pursuit of mine since a young age. At first being entranced by the ancient religions of Greece, Egypt, and Rome, I eventually found my way to Celtic Paganism, Wicca, Shamanic Witchcraft, and finally Shamanism. The shamanic path resonated with me more than any other, as it connected my innate understanding of the interconnectedness of everything, both known and unknown, with a recognition of the individual spirit of all things whether living, dead, or non-living.
During college, while pursuing a BFA in studio art, I minored in Philosophy, seeking to better understand the nature of the world, its mechanics, and the way in which people interact with it. This empirical approach to seeking the meaning of existence only spurred more questions. Questions that seemed to bring me back to Shamanism. I now find myself somewhere between the physical and metaphysical, pondering the intangible aspects of life while trying to grasp the tangible ones.
Drawing has been one of my most potent tools in trying to bring some solubility to these quandaries. Harnessing my strengths in portraits, figures, and natural illustration, I use a form of Surrealism to help explore the many avenues my mind takes me down. Just as the world presents itself in both coherent and incoherent manifestations, my work mirrors this by blending abstract and realistic elements. With regards to my influences, I find the works of H.R. Giger, Alex Grey, Salvador Dali, MC Escher, and Chris Mars to be the most impacting of my personal aesthetic.
Virginia Monsell: Art is the key to my personal peace. It is not only a confidant, but also a voice. Art fills me with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, and has proven to be an amenable vehicle for translating my alter ego and my inner vision.
Although I focus greatly on design, composition, and color, I also try to demonstrate a narrative and I rely on symbolism and thematic content to suggest ideas, raise questions, and release feelings.
My personal experience as a human, woman, and individual has greatly affected my work in its observation of, and critical view of social norms, civil rights, man versus nature, surrealism, and other themes. My artworks are sites used to explore our making of the world while still trying to embody the pleasure of seeing. For my creations, I rely on our desires for beauty, poetics, drama, balance, mystery, and seduction to captivate and evoke mood.
I have produced a body of work consisting largely of female figures and portraits with integrated insects, animals, objects, and environments.
Although I work quite deliberately, I also work with a sense of haste, allowing my unconscious to be the undisputed vessel of my work. I paint mostly with oils on canvas or wood panel, but also enjoy drawing, sculpture, photography, installation art, and architectural design.
My inspiration comes from my fascination with individualism, humanism, nature, dreams, desire, and the unknown.
Experiencing surrealism, art nuevo, and artists such as Frida Kahlo, Gustav Klimt, Salvador Dali, Balthus, Marina Abramovic, Frank Gehry, H.R. Giger, Vivienne Westwood, Ann Hardy, and many others, motivate me to keep working and pushing myself as an artist.
Isobel Stanton: What makes a person an individual? What makes YOU you? As a representational artist, one of the biggest elements of my work has always been a focus upon the details between details. In order to truly represent someone, one must capture the person themselves, rather than just the appearance of them. When I look into a portrait, the most important part has always been the question of whether there is a soul and a life inside each piece. That is what I strive for in my own work: for each piece to take on a life of of its own.
With this show, I have turned around that critical lense upon myself, to find the details between the details of my own identity. Here you will see the pieces that make up me, and pieces that make up a lot of us. Comprised up of letters, self portraits and portraits of friends and family, these pieces will be an all-encompassing self portrait. One of which that is a map and fractured image of the life that is mine.