ELORA CENTRE FOR THE ARTS
We have all learned a lot during the last two years. Many of us have used this time of solitude to re-evaluate our interactions with others. Do we view the world differently now? Have we made conscious or unconscious decisions to adjust the ways we find true and deep meaning in our lives?
The new exhibition at Elora Centre for the Arts is meant to encourage us to reflect on those moments of quiet that we have lived through and begin thinking about how isolation and uncertainty has changed us. Splendid Isolation” is an artistic snapshot of history, and a peaceful hope for the days ahead.
Artist Eva McCauley’s exhibition features paintings of sky, water and shifting landscapes that explore themes of isolation, uncertainty and transience during the strange and surreal time of the global pandemic but also, simultaneously, of enhanced connections, and deepening of the creative spirit.
This collection of work is her response to the pandemic and our collective struggle to make sense of our shifting world. “Over the past few years, I’ve noticed we are re-examining what is most important to us:
Human connection, time and space to create, to meditate, slow down and be in the moment, “says artist Eva McCauley. “Making art helps me process my memories and experiences, to find connections and to understand the world, she explains.
“This has been a time of renewal as we explore new ways to live,” says McCauley, “beauty is spun from bleakness during this time of transition”.
Eva uses a combination of printmaking and painting techniques when creating her paintings. When creating monotype prints, she uses a reductive approach, pulling away dark ink with her fingers to create light and reveal form. She also utilizes this approach with her oil painting techniques. Imagery emerges in a mysterious way, generating a powerful feeling of light with strong tonal and colour contrasts.
Eve divides her time between her studios in bear River, Nova Scotia, and Elmira, Ontario, painting people and places that are steeped in personal significance.
‘Splendid Isolation’ is sure to evoke reflection an dispense hope.
The exhibition will run in the main gallery from May 26 to July 24, 2022.
An artist opening reception with live traditional Irish music and refreshments will be held on Saturday May 28th from 2-4PM in the gallery. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Admission to the gallery is free.
For more information:
Visit our website at https://eloracentreforthearts.ca/splendid-isolation-an-exhibition