Sacred Spaces Continues

smAsh-Wednesday, 2014,40inx40in,oil on canvas cc


Sacred Spaces continues, for the First Friday Main Street Gallery Walk this week May 2,  12 to 8 pm at Art Space Vincennes, 521 Main Street Vincennes.  The show will continue until May 17. The public is invited. Light refreshments and wine will be offered after 5:00 pm. There is no charge for admission.

This  is the third exhibition of the series called Spiritual Journeys hosted by Art Space Vincennes.  Sacred Spaces is an exhibition assembled from three groups of the artist’s painting, Reflections, Sacred Spaces and Ash Wednesday.  All three of these groupings look very different from each other.  Reflections is based on studies of light coming through window blinds.  Sacred Spaces is based on scaffolding inside a cathedral or basilica, which suggest the “bare bones of the architecture”.

Ash Wednesday is also based on scaffolding within church environs, but reaches a more mystical dimension .  Rice uses the imagery here to create parallel metaphors between the painting and T. S. Eliot’s poem Ash Wednesday.  Eliot references Dante’s Inferno and the various levels of hell.  Eliot’s poem was written early in the twentieth century shortly after he entered the Anglican Church.  It is about the season of Lent and reads as a prayer for forgiveness and the hope to be heard by God, asking Mary to intercede for him.  It is about renouncing this world, while at once admiring it, and turning to God, as he questions both his faith and his poetry.

All of Rice’s work in this show is layered.  Shadows and reflections overlap, as with intentional double exposures with the camera to create overlaps in both spaces and time. Rice says, “Many artists say they paint what they see; I see what I paint.” She explains that everybody sees the same thing differently.  Ask a number of artists to paint the same thing, and you get as many different conceptions of that thing observed.  Philosophically, some say all life on earth is an illusion, a dream, temporary.  Only heaven is real.  This may be at least partially proven by our various takes on what reality is here on earth.

By now, I hope readers will understand that this is a heady exhibition full of content to explore and interpret for themselves at many different levels.  One can appreciate the color as simply as one can appreciate a sunset; or one can appreciate the content, looking for symbolism as one might find symbolism in an old Ingmar Bergman film.






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