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Friday, October 22, 2010

Pages: A True Story by Meredith Pardue

These pieces comprise Pages: A True Story by Meredith Pardue, a solo exhibition opening November 11 @ J Costello Gallery in Hilton Head, SC.  Please join us!

The body of work is divided into three parts:  Labor. Life. Fruit.  While I am not interested in giving a detailed explanation of the individual pieces, I will state what I believe to be the obvious.  Most of these pieces are works on paper, paralleling the title of the show. The use of mixed media combines with the written language in these works to create a diaristic kind of narrative that reminds me a lot of the sketchbooks I used to keep.  Both visually and metaphorically, the traces of "work" as evidenced in the used paper towels, stir sticks, etc. serve as a foundation for all that is happening around it.  That is my life.  This is autobiographical.  So, when I say "work," I am literally referring to the physical process of making a painting, the mental process that is occurring constantly (both consciously and unconsciously), and the life that I have constructed upon the foundation that is my work. The idea of using "work" as a platform from which to perceive, interpret, and construct a world is, quite possibly, the very definition of being to an artist.

I think there is something very pure about these pieces.  They are beautiful to me because they are traces and fragments of moments that are true.  Not all of them pretty.  After all, the truth is not always pretty, but I do believe that it is always beautiful.



THE LABOR

The Labor I: 30" x 22" mixed media on paper

The Labor II: 30" x 22" mixed media on paper

The Labor III: 30" x 22" mixed media on paper

The Labor IV: 30" x 22" mixed media on paper

The Labor V: 30" x 22" mixed media on paper

The Labor VI: 30" x 22" mixed media on paper

The Labor VII: 30" x 22" mixed media on paper

The Labor, Part II: 10" x 80" mixed media on canvas




THE LIFE

Installation view


The Life 1: 12" x 12" mixed media on canvas

The Life 2: 12" x 12" mixed media on canvas

The Life 3: 12" x 12" mixed media on canvas

The Life 4: 12" x 12" mixed media on canvas

The Life 5: 12" x 12" mixed media on canvas

The Life 6: 12" x 12" mixed media on canvas

The Life 7: 12" x 12" mixed media on canvas




THE FRUIT

The Fruit I: 60" x 48" ink, oil, charcoal on canvas

The Fruit II: 60" x 48" ink, oil, charcoal on canvas










Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Marina

I have finally completed a 24 piece commission for Oceania Cruise Line's newest ship, Marina.  This luxurious ship is stunningly beautiful with amenities and details like no other.  I am so thrilled to be a  part of it. The pieces below will hang on decks 4-12 in the common areas near the elevators. But first let me tell you an ocean story...

I have dreamed of the ocean as long as I can remember, usually in the form of a terrifying, tsunami-like wave that is forever approaching me as I stand paralyzed and heavy on the beach. This dream always  happens when I am feeling overwhelmed.  When I first started having this dream about twenty years ago, I used to try to run, to climb buildings to get away...but I could never get away from the approaching wave, which somehow never actually arrived, just continued to swell and come towards me like an eternal, gigantic threat.

Then one night about ten years ago when I was living in Portland, the dream changed.  The wave was coming at me as it always had, but that night I heard a voice yelling at me to "Ride the wave!"  (Cheesy, maybe, but that's what it said.)  So, I decided to give in to the wave.  I laid on my back, floating, letting the ocean carry me to and from the shore, rocking my body in the same way it would a ship.  Pretty poetic, eh?  Well, it's the truth.  Anyway, I had the dream again last night.  The giant wave came toward the shore as it always has, but this time it pulled me out to sea, and the undertow forced me to the bottom of the ocean floor.  I held my breath and eventually resurfaced.  I took in a deep breath and looked around me to see all of these other people bobbing in the water.  They, too, had just been through the tsunami.  We were all smiling at each other because we had all just survived the wave.  Then I turned around saw land.  A different land.  I had been carried to another shore.  Pretty damn poetic if you ask me.

Dreams are powerful reflections of our lives, and however intense they may sometimes be, I am grateful that both of mine have always been vivid.


For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It's always our self we find in the sea.
~e.e. cummings


Now, back to those paintings... 

Marina 1: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 2: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 3: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 4: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 5: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 6: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 7: 53" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 8: 53" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 9: 53" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 10: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 11: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 12: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 13: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas
Marina 14: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 15: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 16: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 17: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 18: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 19: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 20: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 21: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 22: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 23: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 24: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Monday, October 4, 2010

Austin American Statesman, Glossy "The Shape of Things" (October Issue)

Here's a recent interview published in the Austin American Statesman, Glossy, October Issue.  Apologies for the gigantic size of this image, but it was the only way to make the text readable.