Opening Reception: Saturday, September 24 from 6pm to 9pm
c.d. Edwards Studio presents a pop-up exhibit in studio 9 located at 716 Monroe Street, NE Washington, DC 20017. The opening Reception is September 24, 2016 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. The exhibit will be up from September 24 until October 24th, 2016. The Artists are Joan Belmar, Cheryl Edwards, Lisa Rosenstein, and Wilfredo Valladares.
Prism II is an exhibit examining the concept of a prism in a metaphorical perspective. Prism is defined as a transparent solid body, often having triangular bases, used for dispersing light into a spectrum or for reflecting rays of light. This exhibit is conceptualizing the reflection of light as it relates to culture, humanity and memory. The Artists have interpreted a prism as a viewpoint of a subject that is important to each artist.
I got interested in the situation of the indigenous Selknam people a few years ago when I went back to my native Chile after becoming an American citizen. I walked along a small street in Santiago and went into a bookstore. I couldn’t take my eyes off a book containing the story and photographs of naked indigenous people. I bought the book titled HAIN about the initiation ceremonies of the Selknams people in Tierra del Fuego by Anne Chapman.
From this book I learned that the Selknam, also called Onas, had lived a semi-nomadic life for thousands of years in Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) at the southern cone of South America. They had a rich culture that involved music, dance, theatre and performance. After the European colonists arrived, they suffered a campaign of extermination with the support of the Argentine and Chilean governments.
My knowledge of their persecution gave birth to a series of paintings titled Tierra del Fuego, which I have shown at Charles Krause Reporting fine art in 2012. These photos are aligned with the paintings in that series.
While on a visit to Havanna, Cuba in 2014 I was struck by the reverence of water by the Afro-Cubans as it related to immigration and spiritual practices. I began to start contemplating water as a concept of identity and information. In 2016 I went to Stuttgart Germany and learned about new research from the Aerospace Institute of the University of Stuttgart which supports the theory that water has a memory. I ordered the book entitled Water has Memory authored by J. Schock and M. Ebert.
My research has led to a beginning of a new series of work focused on identity developed from a very organic perspective. In this exhibit my artwork of ink stained canvas and gilded wasp nests are the beginning of this investigation of rebirth and identity.
I often find that life is chaotic, complex, noisy, and at times painfully full. I reflect on the need for peace and quiet using paint (mostly white) and found objects. While reflecting on the importance of memory both personal and universal I create visual narratives through the careful placement of found objects on canvas. Although, much of my work has been white on white, for this exhibit I have explored hues of color in a very soft manner as it is created from a white light passing through a prism. I think of color as an aspect of light. All color is present in the refracted light of a prism much in the same way that all humans emerged from a single spark.
My exhibited work in Prism II consist of intimate drawings and paintings full of texture created in a way to explore the relationship of light, color reflection and shadows.
Unmasked is a series of sculptures that explore the interconnectedness of cultures. Portraits and headdresses capture relationships between time, memory and space.
Studio 9 is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.