Raw Materials

The other day, I found myself mesmerized by a video about how oil paint is made. The big vats of churning raw color stirred something deep inside of me and I could not look away. Actually, I watched it twice. Art supply stores, craft stores, and home improvement stores all have the same effect on me. While some people may …

Edit: Memory Map

Below is the written statement from Gallery Edit’s August 2017 show, Edit: Memory Map. The statement was written by the Gallery’s Art Team to help viewers contemplate Stacey Silkey’s work.  As people, and especially as artists, memory serves many significant purposes in our experiences and expressions of those experiences. In addition to personal and individual memories of things that have …

An Exercise in Wholeness

Earlier this summer, my husband and I, along with our adorable Frenchie pup Bowie, went on an epic cross-country road trip. It was a wonderful experience and one that I know we will remember forever. During the trip, I had a few meaningful experiences related to art, so I would love to share a bit about what I learned. As …

Art That Speaks Softly

When I was an art student in college, I felt like I needed to make big statements with my art. It was the early 90’s. The Cold War was ending and the Gulf War was beginning. The Soviet Union was disbanding and apartheid was beginning to unravel. I found myself wanting to talk about really big, complex issues like race …

Kintsugi- Beauty in Repair

I have thrown out many, many pots.  I am a potter and I am usually on a quest for perfection, beauty, and function in the pieces I make. However,  when a piece is flawed somewhere in the process of making it, it gets tossed.  Some pots I save to be broken for mosaics, but usually I make the tiles for …

Improvisation- Jazz + Collage Composition

The intersection of visual art and music as representations of culture was particularly prevalent in the first part of the twentieth century in both the deep South as well as in the North after the Great Migration. The African American experience during this period of history was often difficult because of the prevalence of overt and covert racism, Jim Crow …

Baptism

Artists have depicted baptism in their work in a wide variety of media, subject matter, context, and purposes. Some early examples of artists depicting baptism typically utilized the example of John the Baptist baptizing Christ. The ones I’m thinking of specifically are from the Medieval and Italian Renaissance periods. For example, this painting by Paolo Veronese from the Getty’s collection …

Pilgrimage

“Let the Most Blessed be my guide, If ‘t be his blessed will, Unto his gate, into his fold, Up to his holy hill. And let him never suffer me To swerve or turn aside From his free grace and holy ways, Whate’er shall me betide. And let him gather them to mine, That I have left behind; Lord, make …

We Are Treasured

This post is an extension of something I wrote for the weekly newsletter. For the sake of space, I wasn’t able to write more, but here, I’ve got a bit more room to share. The VMFA is quickly becoming one of my favorite museums, and fortunately for me, it’s right here in the heart of Richmond. One of my most …

Edit: Surroundings

Gallery Edit’s co-curator, Ginny Rush, talks about Jon Menkis’s show Edit: Surroundings. See more of Jon’s work here.