Monday, October 4, 2010

Ali Cavanaugh

“above a transient illusion”

“fading into a luminous lucidity”

“a brilliant overlay”

The self-conscious artist and awkward teenage girl inside me immediately respond to the work by Ali Cavanaugh. Even though I'm not a teenager, I feel like the contrast between colorful stripes and curious poses play on hidden emotions I faced as an adolescent and even now as an adult. Her site further explains that she "developed a process best described as neo fresco secco, where she applies watercolor to plaster panels; her figures often are accentuated by stark white negative spaces. Fascinated by the dichotomy of the seen and unseen in the human condition…body and soul…Cavanaugh’s art brings to light the complexity within contemplation. Her signature poetic titles are part of this engaging discourse."

On a side note, thank you for your warm and generous thoughts regarding my Mom's birthday. The day was not easy, but I found comfort in knowing that she would have loved the post and your comments. Thank you again for all the support and kindness.

7 comments:

caroline said...

brilliant!

Domestica said...

Man, she is so talented - thanks for sharing - these are beautiful and a little uncomfortable.

BTW, I'm sorry that you lost your mom. I lost my mom 9 years ago when I was 32. I have 4 friends who've suffered the same loss + we call ourselves members so of the club no one wants to join. On some morbid level, it cheers us up. It never gets easy, but just know it does get not as hard.

the teacup chronicles said...

This is great stuff...so playful but a little bit sad too.

please sir said...

Love your comments and couldn't agree more - playful, yet a bit of sadness.

Johanna Lu said...

Yes these are very strong images, like a flipside to the exhibitionist streaks that many young people also posses. Very intriguing

Joanna Goddard said...

totally adorable.

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