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"Laurel Garcia Colvin: Viajes del Agua-Viajes del Alma, Water Journeys-Soul Journeys"
2005-03-01 until 2005-03-26
Ceres Gallery
New York, NY, USA United States of America

Ceres Gallery is pleased to present Viajes del Agua~Viajes del Alma, a solo exhibition of mixed media encaustic works by Laurel Garcia Colvin opening on March 1, 2005. The wall and installation works in this exhibition use the evocative nature of water as a visual metaphor for the fluidity of time, the journeys of one’s life, and what lies beneath the surface of our lives.

“There are numerous natural connections between humans and oceans. About seventy percent of the earth’s surface — about sixty-five percent of the human body — is made up of water. The eighty-four mineral elements in our bodies are the same as the eighty-four in the ocean, and the human body’s saline content is comparable to the ocean’s. There are much more primordial and personal connections for me. Looking back over my life, I have always felt most comfortable in and near the sea. My earliest childhood memories are of the Gulf of Mexico along the Texas coast, and the Pacific Ocean along the California coast. I have often returned to the ocean as a way of regaining a sense of my true self, my moorings, when events in my life left me feeling adrift. The heavy weight of gravity on the body is gone as one floats and swims through the currents - an incorporeal state as if one is dreaming. Picking up a conch shell from a lifelong collection of shells and placing it to my ear I return to the soothing rhythmic sounds of the ocean and its restorative waters.” Ms. Garcia Colvin states.

Using digital and scanned 35mm underwater photographs, and drawings, Garcia Colvin creates dreamlike images that are further developed using pastels and encaustic paint. Layers of encaustic medium built up on the surface of each work imply the illusion of water, dreaming, and the passage of time. Personal objects, bell jars, sand, sea salt and other natural materials are also used to create the installation pieces.

Nacido de las Ondas (Born of the Waves) conveys the embryonic relationship of the artist’s body within water. The three wall panels of El Volver a la Fuente (Returning to the Source) embody the past, present, and future, while the floor “stepping stones” are a visual survey of Garcia Colvin’s memories and desires.  Salto de Fe (Leap of Faith) implies that moment of abandonment to a force greater than ourselves.  Contra la Marea (Against the Tide) expresses the artist’s strong independent nature.  Soñar de Chalchiuhtlicue (Dreaming of Chalchiuhtlicue) evokes the artist’s childhood dreams of Pre-Columbian goddesses.  Mis Ofrendas a Yemanja (My Offerings to Yemanja) presents Garcia Colvin’s personal offerings to the Afro-Brazilian goddess of the sea, Yemanja.  Danza de las Focas (The Seal Dance) is pure joy transfigured.  El Sueño Final (The Final Dream) gives vision to a stanza of poetry by Pablo Neruda.

Garcia Colvin’s work has been exhibited in several New York City galleries and galleries in Barcelona, Spain, Dublin, Ireland, Chicago, Texas, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, and is in private collections in England, Ireland, New York, California, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois and Texas. She was a member of the art faculty of the Art Department at the University of Texas in Austin. She received her MFA and BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and also studied at Pratt Institute.

Laurel Garcia Colvin
Salto de Fe, Leap of Faith
22x29 inches

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