Washington Studio School Presents Carolyn Reece-Tomlin Passing Through Time

By Editorial Team on May 30, 2017

Fri, 12 May 2017 - Sun, 25 June 2017

Whose Woods Are These? 2010, 73" x 54", acrylic, charcoal, pastel. cut and torn paper glued on paper by Carolyn Reece-Tomlin. Courtesy of Washington Studio School.
Whose Woods Are These? 2010, 73″ x 54″, acrylic, charcoal, pastel, cut and torn paper glued on paper by Carolyn Reece-Tomlin. Courtesy of Washington Studio School.


Reception: Friday, June 2 from 6pm to 8pm


Artist Talk: Saturday, June 10 from 4pm to 5pm

Washington Studio School (WSS) is pleased to present PASSING THROUGH TIME, an exhibition of drawings and paintings by artist/art instructor Carolyn Reece-Tomlin.  Included in this exhibition are 18 works.  Among them is a very large-scale painting “Whose Woods Are These?”, composed over many years using acrylic, charcoal, pastel, cut and torn paper glued on paper. The title suggests changes in our environmental consciousness, as it twists the first line of a Robert Frost poem, “Whose woods these are I think I know” to a question, Whose Woods Are These?

Reece-Tomlin’s work is a synthesis of dreams, symbols and the physically real. “Some of the images come from stream of consciousness markings that emerge and evolve into form.  As the working process continues, images may take shape, be obscured and re-emerge.  In this way the work is formed rather than constructed”, writes Reece-Tomlin. Her work is subjective as it comes from filtered memories, “using a materially tangible, earthy media to access an intangible consciousness”, says Reece-Tomlin. In a past review of Reece-Tomlin’s work published by the Washington Post,  critic Micahel Welzenback wrote, “A fine, enigmatic  figurist in the tradition of Graham Sutherland, Giacometti and, to some degree,  Bacon, Reece-Tomlin takes the stuff of bad dreams and evokes a dreamlike, disquieting atmosphere in her works.”

Carolyn Reece-Tomlin has an MFA in Painting from American University and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She was Adjunct Professor at Montgomery College and Assistant Head of Faculty at the Washington Studio School.   In a review of Reece-Tomlin’s solo exhibition, Nancy Unger wrote, “Her pictorial worlds are haunting.”  In addition to several solo exhibitions, her work has been included in many group and juried exhibitions in places such as The American University Museum; Bowery Gallery, New York, NY; and the Baltimore Museum of Art.  Reece-Tomlin’s drawings and prints have been published in two journals:  Kalliope: A Journal of Women’s Art and Potomac Review.

Washington Studio School is located at 2129 S. St. NW. For more information, call 202.258.5404 or visit www.washingtonstudioschool.org.