This July I was invited by the director of the Attleboro Arts Museum, Mim Brooks Fawcett, to participate in the invitational exhibition “Mesa”. In September I dropped off my painting, titled “Apples and Eggs”, for this show. Exhibition is going to be on display from September 11th to September 22nd, 2018. Reception and NEA Big Read Kickoff: Saturday, September 15th from 2-4pm. Free & open to all.
The Attleboro Arts Museum is located at 86 Park St. in Attleboro, MA; Hours: Tue. – Sat.: 10:00 am – 4 pm
Check out The Sun Chronicle‘s coverage of the opening reception for “MESA: Tables Constructed Under Five Skies”/Big Read’s kickoff event that took place this past Saturday. “MESA” runs through September 22nd, 2018.
Check out The Sun Chronicle PREVIEWS MESA
Here is my Artist Statement I wrote about my painting:
In the novel Five Skies, one particular table becomes a focal point. The sky blue table crafted by Ronnie Panelli serves as a gathering spot and provides the background for meals supplied by Darwin. “There was a tub of a pasta salad and a bowl of red apples and hard-boiled eggs already on the new table” (page 83). I wanted to create something related to this scene. Having a blue table in this novel is rather figurative because the color of blue symbolizes trust, loyalty, confidence, faith, and truth, something that can be found in the main characters. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Dutch still life paintings were not just random sets of objects. They all had their hidden meanings sending a message to observers. Following this practice my still life can be interpreted accordingly. The bowl of red apples represents a unity of drama and knowledge whereas red corresponds to drama, and the apple means knowledge. The egg has always held a symbolic significance in still lives partly because it is a visual shorthand for new life and un-hatched potential. Interestingly enough, for Dali, who continued the Dutch tradition of symbolism, the egg usually symbolizes new beginnings amidst the surrounding chaos and also a masculine prowess. These meanings serve well to represent the three main characters of the novel, men who became a team in a beautiful, isolated place, not just to complete their construction project, but also to find themselves amid their personal struggles.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
In fall 2018 the City of Attleboro, MA will be reading the novel “Five Skies” by Ron Carlson, the story of three men working a doomed construction project in the Rocky Mountains of Idaho. The Attleboro Arts Museum is eager to tie into the novel with the mounting of Mesa – Tables Constructed with Five Skies Overhead, an invitational exhibition.
Carlson’s novel repeatedly spotlights a range of tables: Ronnie Panelli’s well crafted, sky blue gathering spot; the examination table where a wood sliver is removed; the tables at the Antlers – the best place to eat in town.
As the Invitation says: “You are invited to create your version of a 3D or 2D table that is either featured in Five Skies or is personally significant to you.”