PEGGY REEVES: "CONVERSATION WITH ME DIA
AUGUST 3 - AUGUST 26, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 3 - 6 pm
A multi-media artist, Reeves likes to play with an idea using several different processes. These visual conversations are anchored in an image, theme or thread that would appear in each piece and are the product of the materiality of the specific medium. A cyanotype created on light sensitive paper may also be the inspiration for a collagraph. Photography, encaustic and digital media may share some DNA while the birth mother is in plain sight as a monotype.
The subtext is the conversation itself as much as the content of the discussion. Suggestions for content immerge while working in the studio and Reeves is sometimes led to a new medium unexpectedly throughout her day at work. The “Me Dia” in the title of the show refers to the flow of ideas over an extended period of a day in the studio. Playing with the word “media” highlights the process of creating and staying open to taking an idea in a new direction. A work feels right to Reeves when the edge of abstraction abuts the edge of a familiar narrative such as movement in nature or the human body yielding various degrees of recognition. Many of these processes such as the chemigram are more comfortable with abstraction than narrative or figuration but there is always the challenge of following the road less traveled. Reeves began making chemigrams several years ago when it was discovered that outdated photographic paper offers unexpected pleasures as a painting surface. The darkroom was no longer necessary since chemigrams can be made in broad daylight with simple darkroom chemistry and a variety of resists as the painting medium. The chemigrams form the bulk of this show and are the seeds from which the works grow.