Ali Cavanaugh, September 2013
September 6, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
I am still every age that I have been. Because I was once a child, I am always a child. Because I was once a searching adolescent, given to moods and ecstasies, these are still part of me, and always will be...
I am still every age that I have been. Because I was once a child, I am always a child. Because I was once a searching adolescent, given to moods and ecstasies, these are still part of me, and always will be... This does not mean that I ought to be trapped or enclosed in any of these ages...the delayed adolescent, the childish adult, but that they are in me to be drawn on; to forget is a form of suicide... Far too many people misunderstand what *putting away childish things* means, and think that forgetting what it is like to think and feel and touch and smell and taste and see and hear like a three-year-old or a thirteen-year-old or a twenty-three-year-old means being grownup. When I'm with these people I, like the kids, feel that if this is what it means to be a grown-up, then I don't ever want to be one. Instead of which, if I can retain a child's awareness and joy, and *be* fifty-one, then I will really learn what it means to be grownup. Madeleine L Engle
The months of creating this show coincided with a period of deep reflection about age, experience, and wisdom as it is my 39th year of life.
This show will open on my 40th birthday. This reflection (above) by Madeliene L'Engle encapsulates many thoughts and emotions that I have as I am growing older. This new group of paintings I have titled, 'Mapping an Odyssey' are a sampling of concepts that I have worked with over the last 20 years of painting. I have a few pieces about quietness and humility, Banded strand and Adapt. Transfiguration I and II are about the opposite, intensity and courage. My imagery is inspired by being present in the memories of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. There are several pieces that are experimental in technique. As I get more familiar with self taught techniques of painting watercolor on clay, I find freedom and become more confident in trying new processes.
Images from the opening night celebration will be uploaded after Sept. 6th