Opening Reception: Saturday, September 16 form 6pm to 9pm
It is an examination of how six artists working and living in the vortex of power in DC use their creativity to process issues of fear. The work presented is both very personal and yet remains universal. Fear is a response to physical and emotional danger. Often we fear situations that are life-or-death or we fear situations that are psychologically damaging. The artists are presenting work addressing their personal/environmental/governmental demons and/or embracing their angels to move past fear. Facing Fear in the 21st Century, open reception is September 16th, 2017 from 6 pm until 9 pm.
Fabiola Alvarez: Fabiola creates objects that respond to systems that want to keep us under control. Her intuitive home is Mexico and her physical home is in the United States. Fabiola says “After 9/11 we went through a period of high uncertainty. We questioned how we would ever feel safe again. We have tried to find different systems that allow us to understand the likelihood of another attack. My piece Homeland Security Advisory System addresses the complex relationship that exists between living our lives freely, while at the same time, being aware of the possibility of a terrorist attack. The Department of Homeland Security created this color system at the beginning of 2002 for the purpose of disseminating information to all branches of government and to the general public. By taking the colors of this system and weaving them on to 5 cages, I am observing how we created a psychological boundary around us. Art is my way of translating and observing how we humanize or desensitize our lives.”
Cheryl D. Edwards: Cheryl is continuing her series of work about the properties of water. She is presenting light boxes in this exhibit, which examines core identity. The images are microscopic photos of salvia categorized by race and gender. She says “My investigation is leading me to try and understand the extent that water is responsible for the memory of self-identities.. It occurred to me that the relationship of water to identity is deeply rooted in our core as human beings. The adult human body is comprised of approximately 70% water. As a matter of fact all life is evolved on a molecular level from water. I believe this is true, and as such racial and ethnic prejudgments are such a superficial condition; which has resulted in the deaths of many people of color in this country.”
Eve Hennessa: Eve is an artist/dancer/mystic/medicine woman. Her work is literally ‘mind-bending’ awakening of the inner self and mind. She explains, “The work in the exhibit are sacred geometry art patterns which flip switches in the brain and third eye resulting in a more awakened state of being.”
Mary Higgins: Mary has always had a fascination with history, books, visual art and artists and in particular journals and letters. Her drawings are part of a dialogue and engagement with objects, writing, the past but also the gesture that flows from subconscious response. For the past three years, she has been working with The Schlesinger Center Concert Hall and Arts Center at the Northern Virginia Community College as gallery director.
Isabel Manalo: Isabel is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work personally addresses ideas of power and identity as defined by race, ethnicity, geography and class. Her work is being exhibited by the courtesy of Addison Ripley Fine Art gallery. She states “These works are being shown for the first time and yet were made during a time where I felt there was greater unease in our country. Sadly, here we are almost 10 years later and I feel we are at an even more precarious time than 2008. The landscapes are an expression of angst and confusion. Done on paper using paint and photo collage, the contrasting components are meant to exaggerate and emphasize a decisive discombobulating of the state of our environment, our culture, ourselves. I feel they resonate now more than ever in the age of Trump.”
Beverly Ress: Beverly is an Artist primarily working in the medium of drawing and sculptured paper. She explains her work in the exhibit as “… drawings of objects that I’ve found, collected, and gained access to from museum collections. Once the drawing is complete – meticulously observed and recorded – I think of it as a kind of raw material to be manipulated. So I cut into it, fold it, weave it, etc., to enrich the sense of mortality inherent in the imagery. The physical world is full of wonder; observing, recording, and interacting with it…”
c.d. Edwards Studio #9 is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.