Marianne Kolb’s “Explorations with Rust” focuses on the human figure. The works for this exhibition were created by combining a unique combination of rust, sumi ink and colored gesso. The laborious process begins with the random markings left by the rust, and then each work is completed with a more precise application of ink and gesso. Kolb’s hope is to communicate that despite the randomness and chaos at the beginning of her process with the rust that an image eventually appears, the painting evolves and a structured outcome is reached.
Also showing in July, “Inner Muse” a collection of new works in copper, enamel and mixed media by Morgan Brig. Brig's selection of mixed media sculptural work seeks to capture the complexity of emotion important in the artist’s own life. Metal and enamel, along with a found objects patina suggest both the old and the familiar, and convey messages that viewers might relate to their own life journey. Her concepts begin with her journal entries, and are inspired by her love of antique metal and tin toys. Laying humor right next to truth, Brig often uses language and occult symbols in support of her belief that there is always guidance to be found from both external and internal sources. The collection is whimsical, yet powerful and beckons for all to explore one’s own life truth.