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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










2 comments:

  1. These are wonderful! I'll take all of The Labor, please (I wish).

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  2. Katie, thank you...haha, I wish you could take all of the labor off my hands :)

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