Past Gallery Exhibitions
Jan 16 – Feb 02 2020
Artist: anna macrae
Fantasy Landscapes –
Anna Macrae uses bold colors and shapes to describe vertical and horizontal viewpoints of potentially urban and city landscapes. Playful color-field inspired paintings are generated on embedded textural surfaces with overlapping information and marks. These surreal landscapes renderings inform a dialogue and connections between human imprint and natural forms as they give way to the evolving notion of fantasy habitats.
Anna Macrae was born and educated in England, and has lived on the Eastside of Seattle since 2001.
She considers herself a lifelong artist, and from an early age she surrounded herself with art making. Her mother and grandmother were both artists, their skills were often put to use in a more practical and domestic environment, but their approach to life instilled in Anna creative possibilities in everyday objects and situations.
She gained qualifications in Civil Engineering, but her passion has always been for art making, and engagement in community based arts interactions.
She is self-taught, which she feels allows her to be unrestricted in her practice, as she gives herself the freedom of no rules to follow.
Nov 21 – Dec 29 2019
Artist Statement for Sabella, the monarq
The complexity of identity has fascinated me for some time now. What strikes me most is how paradoxical the idea of selfhood is. For instance: we are always ourselves and yet constantly in flux, changing and developing based on a multitude of different factors and environments. In each of us there is the possibility of becoming someone else—or at least demonstrating a multiplicity that makes us unique and gives us life.
My move to the Pacific Northwest led me to re-examine the factors shaping my identity. New geography and culture sparked new ways of looking at both internal and external landscapes. Pressing questions arose: How do I make a home after leaving home behind? How do I integrate the past into potential futures? Channeling these concerns through photography, collage, pattern making, and portraiture, I have developed a multidisciplinary body of work that engages this fundamental yet elusive concept of selfhood.
To explore identity through my photography, I embrace the limitations of analog form while pushing at its boundaries. My polaroids visualize the fragmentary terrain of the remembered as a small flash of a moment, a little out-of-focus. They serve to represent the subjective experience itself: its shadows, its bursts of color, its layers. By carefully manipulating the photographic process, through the use of double exposure, for example, I create layers that simulate our recollections, the way they overlap, blur and distort. Images encountered in daily life—of foliage, of a shelf of books—appear through reflective surfaces that texture and distort. They speak to how true selfhood is multifaceted. It has fractures but also patterns in ways of being. In this way, my artwork articulates a modulating identity in search of new modes of expression.
Understanding that one’s self and place are ever on shifting ground, my work decontextualizes and defamiliarizes the many articulations of identity in order to formulate, and reformulate, the paradoxically unsettled and yet settling self.
Sep 25 – Oct 27 2019
Artists: Rae Akino
Seattle based, self-taught visual artist. What began as a coping mechanism for depression and anxiety became a lens to examine and understand the world. Being closeted, a slave to others expectations, and losing one of the most important people to their existence caused a mental, emotional, and spiritual paralysis. The need to escape turned into isolation, until they were encouraged to draw their way out of it.
Influenced by music, theater, literature, film, life, people, etc; the DC native uses bold colors and expressive form to explore identity, sexuality, Afrocentrism, spirituality, mental health/ awareness, consciousness, and self. Centering the viewer into an emotional, mental, and spiritual connection with themselves opens the door to endless possibilities. Awakening desensitized emotions lead to the questions that spark conversations.
Living in a society where boxes and labels are a way of life, forces one to hide and resent the parts of themselves that are not accepted.
Never being strictly one thing or another fostered the realization that “I am all things” “We are all things.”
Telling stories that are unheard, or undervalued gives greater meaning to any work.
My objective is to make the viewer connect and think outside themselves or what they know to be true.
To see beyond the pretty picture on the wall.
Jun 20 – Jul 28 2019
Artists: BETHANN LAWSON
BethAnn Lawson is modern-impressionist painter who lives and works in Seattle, Washington. Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, she was taught by and is heavily influenced by her surrealist painter-father, who was a founding member of the San Francisco Street Artist Association. After graduating from the Institute of Design in San Franscisco, she moved to Seattle and spent over three decades as a textile designer, graphic designer and illustrator, but returned to her love of painting after the passing of her father in 2011.
Through my large paintings, I’m able to play harder, expressing thoughtful, bold, colorful images and concepts without parameters. I can lose myself for hours inside of each one as I take apart the images an carefully put them back together emphasizing colors, rhythms and patterns, bridging the gap between abstraction up close and realism from a distance.
I am always striving for the delicate balance between industry and nature, between meticulous and impetuous, between painting as a physical object and invoking a redolent memory. Fascinated by people and design, I hope to capture little glimpses of life containing whimsy, the secrets of strangers, and the amazing architecture of both nature and man.