Spalding Nix Fine Art is pleased to present two spring shows of new work by contemporary artists Katherine Sandoz & Ashley Woodson Bailey, opening April 21, 2017 and running through June 17, 2017.
In 2014, Katherine Sandoz traveled to Bermuda to celebrate the marriage of her brother. She did not know that she would be staying in the home where Georgia O’Keeffe had stayed in the late 1930s. She did suspect that the lush island situated in the Sargasso Sea formed on the edges of calderas would capture her heart and imagination. From the minute she landed, Sandoz envisioned paintings of the sky, sea and land of Bermuda.
Each work represents the artist engaged in defining the shapes, colors, textures and experience of space when traversing Bermuda. Sandoz delights in the materials she uses – water and pigment – which are essentially the subject of her works. During the two years of developing this series, Sandoz rediscovered a new and surprising compatriot in O’Keeffe – the “mother of American modernism.” Through her reinterpretation of the colors and shapes of the island, Sandoz imagines seeing through O’Keeffe’s eyes as well as the eyes of other adventurer-explorers who have been drawn and attached to these special islands.
Ashley Woodson Bailey was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, before earning a BFA in Art History and Art from the University of Texas in Austin. She worked as a floral designer for two decades in Dallas, Houston, NYC, Savannah, Atlanta and Austin. After a car accident in 2012 left her physically unable to continue as a floral designer, Woodson Baileytaught herself to use a camera to capture her new ideas for flower arrangements. Her modern floral still lifes are inspired not only by the sense of peace and reflection that flowers impart to their admirers, but also the power they instill. “A lover’s hand delivering a bouquet of flowers after a fight. A coffin covered in the deceased most cherished blooms. A birthday surprise from an old friend. All of these moments are powerful and peaceful yet fleeting, just like flowers and just like our lives,” states Woodson Bailey.
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