We are pleased to present Oil & Dust, a mini solo exhibition of new works by Megan Buccere this March at the gallery. This new series will showcase this exciting artist with small works in the medium of (oil) paint and pastel (dust). We asked Megan a few questions about the exhibition specifically and about her artistic process in general.
ME: What was your inspiration for this show and how did you select your subject matter?
MB: My inspiration for Oil and Dust came after i suffered crippling anxiety and depression due to a medical oversight.
ME: How are these works different in terms of style and application than previous works?
MB: This series is a bit different from my previous works in that I really tried to put myself into my work. I'm usually standing back trying to narrate a visual performance of sorts but in this case I was the narrative I was the work. I tried to be the viewer with me on my journey into and eventually out of depression and anxiety.
ME: What is the significance of the strings and hands in your work? Is there any underlying symbolism there?
MB: From remembrance to seeking knowledge, I have put a lot of pressure on the little strings in my work over the years. In this series,however, the strings have taken on a different meaning. They show an oppression of the mind and body. By being tied down and hampered by a mental illness the subject isn't allowed to become their true self. The multiple hands in some of the pieces reinforce this by giving the strings more to adhere to.
ME: Do you have a favorite piece in the show, or one that was particularly challenging to work on, and why?
MB: It's difficult to choose a favorite piece from the show but I would say that "a Prayer to the Void" (detail, below) speaks loudest to me. It encompasses the feel I wanted to convey for the show very directly and without apology.
ME: What artists inspire you (living or deceased)?
MB: I've been a high school art teacher for the past 15 years so I teach about art history and inspiration almost every day. I would have to say that my students inspire me more than any other historical artist. They are young and full of vibrancy. They want to learn and to teach at the same time. I really have to give them a lot of credit when it comes to my work. I sometimes bring my show pieces to class and let my upper levels critique them. You haven't felt true inspiration or self doubt until high school students have given your art a good once over. The are simply the best.
ME: What’s your daily life like? What are some things you do when you’re not painting / making art?
MB: My daily life is art. As I said I've taught advance high school art for 15 years in a very small community. I also have a wonderful husband who is also a teacher and a 7 year old vivacious and creative little boy.
The opening reception for ‘Oil & Dust’ will be held at Modern Eden Gallery on Friday March 4, 2016 from 6 pm–9 pm. The artist will be in attendance at the reception. The exhibition will be on display through March 26, 2016 and is free and open to the public. More info HERE>
Aunia Kahn is a multi-faceted creative entrepreneur and a globally awarded, collected, and exhibited figurative artist/photographer, published author, instructor, and inspirational speaker. We asked Aunia a few questions for her artist of the day feature at the gallery.
Since childhood my family inspired me to embark on various creative journeys such as music, poetry, and theater, which are hereditary to the creative approaches I use in my artwork today. From a young age I wrote and performed songs and poetry, as well as acted in a local theater with my whole family. When I came to the US to study art, I joined the school called Safehouse Atelier, which focused on traditional academic drawing and painting, as well as digital concept art.
On February 12, we opened Secret Hallway the highly anticipated solo exhibition from Oakland-based artist Nadezda. Focusing on narratives carefully gathered from the hidden chambers of her imagination and transformed into dreamscapes, her multifaceted artworks are the intimate windows into the inner world of her peculiar characters and creatures.