Each month, the Creative Gateways studios chooses a theme to inspire our work and act as a focus for our first Friday exhibition. Here is what’s coming up in March…
Gravity of a Concept
“Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
Time is as esoteric as it is implacable. It is both a concept living in the mind and a force of physics living in reality. It has a power that cannot be overstated. We are molded not only by our experiences, but by our memories of those experiences as well. We are even indirectly affected by experiences not our own – things that ripple through time until they enter our waking lives. The past, as it were, influences the future.
For all of these reasons and more, time can be an incredibly interesting inspiration for artists. Some may be drawn to themes of lineage, others to art as augury. Artists may see that events of the past are still relevant today, and wish to draw a line between the two. Or perhaps they desire only to pay homage to the millenniums-old development of their crafts. Whatever the motivation, a connection to time can produce wonderful works of art.
“We must use time creatively.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
The influence of time can be found in much of the work of resident artist Laura Hines, albeit in various ways. Some of her work has its origins in moments of her ancestry, such as her piece “Daughters” being inspired by a family heirloom. Other pieces, like “Belligerence,” are inspired by her love of antique photographs, sometime accompanied by simple but fascinating stories. But Laura is also drawn to time as entropy, such as the animals of her “A Silent End” series, or the mummies in “After Life.” She even has particular thoughts about the color of memory: “[I use] a lot of black and white and shades of gray. For me, history and nostalgia and memory are expressed more effectively with a grayscale.”
The work of Creative Gateways and AMusinGlass founder Pilisa Rainbow Lady often incorporates time as an homage to her roots. Being of Polish descent, Pilisa will sometimes name her pieces in Polish, such as “Brazowe smugi,” “Skrzydetka,” and “Sprawdzone.” Each name is delicate and simple, highlighting the beauty of the language.
For resident artist Michael Colpitts, many of his pieces are influenced by memories of experience. The free-flowing and buoyant wonder of much of his work is informed by his time as a TWA pilot. His experience with the variety of cultures encountered during his travels is reflected in pieces such as his ceramic masks or in the various fabrics and textiles he uses in his mixed media paintings.
Just the Right Time
Be sure to see the ways all our resident artists play with time at the opening reception of Traveling Through Time: 1st Friday Exhibition, Friday, March 2nd, from 5-8pm!