Each month, Kuivato, a Creative Gateways Gallery, chooses a theme to guide our involvement in 1st Friday at the Galleries. This November, we focus on…
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Nothing in this life truly exists in an isolated context. Objects, ideas, and actions all work with or against each other. When things work in tandem, however, a type of harmony is achieved that is undeniably pleasing. The same is true of artistic elements. Themes, colors, light, techniques, materials, canvas type, and so on can play off each other in various ways. The seasoned artist knows how to make these things cooperate in such a way that a completed piece is formed truly representing what the artist desired to express.
“Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay.” – Sallust
Watercolorist Meg Munro creates detailed masterpieces that use color and technique to express personal themes. Religious iconography is present in much of her work, usually appearing in a natural setting. For Meg, spiritual beauty is inherently intertwined with the beauty of nature and each enhances the other. As she explains, “The paintings are metaphorical. The religious figures are liberated from condemnation as they are re-configured to the garden of innocence where their original essence of Light is restored. This same re-vitalization is available to all human beings—from the cultural wounds of the past, to living a new life nourished from Creative Source.” Meg also combines the medium of watercolor with a particular type of canvas to help play with elements of light already present in her works. “I’ve worked with watercolor exclusively; it has been the medium through which I see and interpret things. The transparency lends itself to showing the light.” Pieces like those in her “Iris” series display this appreciation for light in a beautifully minimalistic way. Infusing those images onto aluminum giclees allows the sheen of the actual canvas to accentuate that element of light.
Blown glass artist Melanie Leppla combines both the real and surreal to create her wonderful Cairn Stones. Each piece is a mix of naturalistic looking and exuberant glass stones, that vary in color, shape, and size. Bright red stones lay calmly on stones of gray, flat wide stones support stones that are narrow and tall. These contrasts and combinations are also changed by the type, angle, and quality of light shining through the pieces. Ultimately, experimentation of these elements is key to Melanie’s work. “By allowing myself the artistic liberty to try something new based on my own caprice,” Melanie explains, “I often find myself engaged in new and exciting work.” Yet, despite their more experimental beginnings, each piece always ends up reflecting a delicate and beautiful balance.
See the harmony
Be sure to attend the opening reception of Creation in Concert, Friday, November 2nd, from 5-8pm at Kuivato in the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. See the intermingling of artistic ideas in the work of Meg and Melanie, as well as the work of all our represented artists. Explore the gallery, talk to local artists, and enjoy small bites and drinks.