At the moment unexpected raindrops fell upon her canvas 12 years ago in a field in Ireland, artist Emily Christenson had to make a choice. She chose to embrace nature’s influence and start a dialogue, a new language in her painting, where nature’s voice works in collaboration with her own. It is a practice of changing focus. It is where nature and materials present themselves to each other and the interaction becomes documented. The work becomes the product of the reality of the moment. The more the artist listens to nature the more she learns about herself.
The paintings in this new series were started in the unique landscapes of Lake of the Woods, Ontario, and Denali National Park, Alaska. The ink washes are based on the lake’s movement—variations on canvas recorded at that moment paired with almost two years working time in the studio to slowly study and converse with the marks left behind. Rhythm, memory and time work together to create oeuvres that show both the impressions left by nature, and a story of the artist’s response.
Converse Variations, hosted by Gallery C, is pleased to have the artist in attendance at the Opening Reception, Friday, March 7, 6-9pm at Gallery C. The show will run through April 20, 2014.
Artist and naturalist, Emily Christenson grew up with a mother who was an abstract artist and a State Park as her backyard. She spent her childhood exploring the forests outdoors and a variety of art materials in her mother’s studio. She graduated in 2002 with a double major in drawing and painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, MN. She has exhibited her paintings, drawings, and photographs nationally and internationally in numerous galleries, art centers and museums in Washington, DC, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Ireland. She has received two merit award grants and her work is in many public and private collections including Delucchi +, Washington, DC, Bellcomb Technologies, Minneapolis, MN, and the Dubuque Museum of Art. She currently lives in Moline, IL where she maintains her painting studio.
All are invited and welcome to attend this exhibition, and to participate in the expanding art scene in the Millwork District. There is no charge and refreshments will be served.
Gallery C, Carolyn M, is located in the Schmid Innovation Center at 900 Jackson Street in Dubuque, IA. Main entrance doors are on Jackson St near 10th Ave. Be a part of the gallery’s evolving exhibitions that create dialog, engage the community, and enrich the experience of the arts in Dubuque.