“On The Wings Of Valkarie”
Valkarie Gallery Satellite Art Show
THE MACSPA & Curator Eric Matelski present a collection of artwork from Valkarie Gallery artists: Sharon Eisley, Valerie Savarie, and Karrie York on display now through the end of March, 2017 at The MacSpa 1738 Wynkoop, Suite 103, Denver, CO 80202.
Contact: Eric Matelski at [email protected]
Sharon Eisley’s pieces, not always painted on old objects, uses repurposing in a different way. Typically her oil and watercolor paintings are of humans with animal heads. The idea of taking something that is normal and familiar to us (the human body) and then adding a proportionately sized head from another creature makes the viewer question what is it that makes us human and just as important, what makes me, me.
For Valerie Savarie, when selecting books, it is important that they be published before 1972 (or, is at least as old as she). Sometimes the book instantly creates a visual concept and other times, she seeks out a book that will echo her mental vision. Taking the written story within, Savarie reinterprets it into a three-dimensional piece by cutting, sewing and painting (all done by hand without the use of power tools), thus creating a multidimensional collage while still leaving the majority of the book intact. Every page is kept as bound as it is important that her pieces retain their intrinsic book characteristics. Each page that is visible is purposely selected to be seen – whether it be specific words, lack of words, images or a combination there of. Words are as important as the visuals she create when making my book sculptures.
Karrie York had always loved art but as a child, it was deemed too messy for her to create at home. As she got older, her passion for art renewed itself and an opportunity to get some instruction presented its self. She met a local artist, whom she also found attractive (and single), so she asked for painting lessons.
Today they remain friends, but art-making has taken a real meaningful place in life.
Her half animal/half child acrylic paintings cross the boundaries of realism and whimsy and came about as she struggled to paint them separately. “I couldn’t get a child sitting atop a lamb to work,” she says. “So I cut them apart, put them back together and that seemed to gel!” Karrie continues to take this sense of whimsy into her other paintings styles where bears have tea parties and fruit and vegetables are compiled to create people.