Warnick, an avid ornithophile, has had a long-standing love affair with winged creatures, both large and small. In hyper realistic acrylic and watercolor renderings, she portrays Northern cardinals, Carolina wrens, Eastern Meadowlark, and many more of the feathered variety, each of them painted with painstaking beauty and precision, evocative of John James Audubon’s Birds of America. Meanwhile, Jones’s work may be similarly imbued with a resonant fascination with birds, but she takes such reverence to a much more fantastical, enchanting, magical place. In her watercolors, a white wolf rests beneath an otherworldly tree, masks hanging from its branches, falcons swarm together to create a single mass of bodies and limbs, a boggy forest throbs with a sense of simmering sorcery and chance.
I feel like our passage from childhood to adulthood moves so swiftly from enchantment to disenchantment, and once we've grown up we spend the rest of our lives trying to be re-enchanted through story - whether by film, art, or music. This collection of works is my own attempt at re-enchantment and returning to a place of childlike wonder by creating spaces imbued with magical elements and artifacts, that then unfold into new narratives for the viewer to explore. The title, "Songs of Or" is inspired by an ongoing collaboration with my husband, who has beenwriting music for each of my narratives from the perspective of an otherworldly boatman named Or - and serves as a subtle nod to our oral past and the role music has played in passing along and immortalizing mythology and folklore.
Nahcotta is incredibly excited to present a group show celebrating and representing the animal world, titled Animalia. Honoring and depicting the animal world, this group show features the work of Dani Ives, Jamie Winn, Alex Warnick, Kelly Vivanco, Lily Seika Jones, Kim Ferreira, Lindsay Stripling, Drew Mosley, Alex Louisa, Michelle Morin, Diana Sudyka and Chris Austin.
Our Enormous Tiny Art show, now in its 11th year, is a year-round exhibition both online and in our gallery, wholeheartedly devoted to showcasing wonderful, irresistible, and entirely original tiny art. Hundreds of individual pieces of tiny art, each piece ten by ten inches or smaller and made by artists all over the globe will be available for purchase.
The pieces in this show are my attempts to illustrate how enchanting it was to be in nature as a child, and how the symbols and archetypes I encountered in literature helped give form to the ideas and experiences I had to grapple with growing up. The title of this show, The Muddle, is actually a reference to one of my favourite novels, "A Room with a View" by E.M. Forster. The original excerpt reads, "there's nothing worse than a muddle in all the world. It is easy to face Death and Fate, and the things that sound so dreadful. It is on my muddles that I look back with horror - on the things that I might have avoided." Collectively, these works are an ode to "The Muddle", that terrifying realm we fall into in times of uncertainty, and where story becomes a tool for navigation.