Hello Shadow. Have a seat. Please. You make me crazy and yet there is no escaping you. The shadow is metaphor for so many things in life. It brings perspective to the world around us. The shadow tells us where we are in space, it orients us. And in terms of psychology, it is a deep well for self-transformation.
PK Frizzle uses shadow in her work that is now on exhibit through March 21st.
“The shadow is nothing, not even light, yet it is evidence of a material presence. I find tremendous beauty in the way shadows interact with material. The surfaces I create look the way they do because I’m interested in the way that materials which have been “brutalized” (clay in the fire of the kiln, dirt and plants torn apart by floodplains, urban decay, etc.) look so beautiful to me. I work these surfaces until they contain a history. I flood them with paint over studio detritus, or imitate the effects of fire, decay or age. I then overlay them with shadows in a way that the nothing of the shadow and the something of the surface become one.”
She has found a way to place a photo of a shadow within her paintings that is provocative and beautiful.
I hope you will make the time to come take a look this week.