PATCHOGUE ARTS COUNCIL AND ROAST COFFEE & TEA TRADING CO. PRESENT
Innate Expressions: Caitlyn Shea
On display at the PAC Members Gallery at Roast
January 11 – February 22, 2015
Reception: Sunday, January 25, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
The Patchogue Arts Council and Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Co. are proud to present a selection of paintings by artist Caitlyn Shea. The exhibit will be on display from January 11 to February 22 with a reception on January 25, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. The reception is free and open to the public.
What: Opening reception for Innate Expressions: Caitlyn Shea
When: Sunday, January 25, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Where: Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company, 41 E. Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772
Cost: Free and open to the public
Caitlyn Shea is fascinated by the anatomy, color, and structure of animal forms and their fleeting nature. By using acrylic paint, spray paint, and charcoal, the artist is able to express and defy the boundaries of the body. Her paintings conjure ideas of the sublime and offer a sense of joy through observing the boundless form. While colors reflect the allure of the natural world, Shea takes note of their underlying chaos and experimental sensibility.
“I am fascinated by the physicality of human and animal forms and their fleeting nature. My work investigates and satiates human curiosities about the anatomy, color, and structure of creatures. The fluidity and plasticity of paint allows me to both express and defy the regular physical boundaries that human and animal bodies ultimately adhere to, therefore speaking to the perception of our subconscious mind. My paintings conjure ideas of sublimity and the strong sense of both the joy and the macabre that comes from observing large, boundless forms. While the colors of my paintings reflect the alluring palette of the natural world, there is an underlying chaotic and experimental sensibility.
In my paintings I am able to explore the tactile relationship between acrylic paint, spray paint, and charcoal. The surprising anomalies that occur from combining these materials are born out of chance. The process is highly reactive to the process of painting, and I do not pre-plan the finished result. My initial renderings of the subject are repeatedly painted over and reworked many times until the work feels complete and the composition has a sense of inevitability. I am continuously physically engaged with my paintings, using brushes, my hands, rags, straight edges, tape, and other materials to experiment and slightly manipulate the mediums as the paintings move towards their end. This rigorous “attack” approach to painting is typically considered a masculine trait; however my work challenges that stereotype and brings a fresh, feminine perspective to the powerful tradition of expressionist painting.”