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the Woods by Ry 來 An 苑, Opening Reception

Date(s) - 10/09/2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Monmouth Museum Nilson Gallery


Join us at the Museum, October 9th at 6pm the opening reception of “the Woods” by Ry An.
Ry An’s show will be on display in our virtual gallery: https://monmouthmuseum.org/in-the-galleries/nilson-gallery/ and also in the Nilson Gallery from September 18- October 18. Appointments can be made to visit the museum here: https://themonmouthmuseum.setmore.com

This event is free and open to the public.
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Artist Statement: As a person once entrapped in an abusive relationship, I tend to see manipulation and predatory behaviors everywhere. As a vegan, I am further bothered by society’s impetus to prey upon “the weak”: animals, nature, the poorer classes of people…
My attempts to cope with a number of terrible experiences led me to begin a series of allegorical oil paintings and recycled media compositions featuring vulnerable characters trying to escape similarly dire circumstances: – a blind horse, – a butterfly with tattered wings, – a cat on fire… The paintings have an implied narrative drawn from “a deep reservoir of assorted traumas”. They tie in with one another so that a story seems to unfold from one to the next. This is a story of consumption and abuse, without any of the blood or bruising, with “fun” & colorful terrors replacing the real world kind.

When interesting ideas appear in these paintings, I explore them in 3-dimensions with shredded junk-mail & other discarded media. By shining a strong light on a sculpture, I can better conceptualize how it should fit in a painting: how the light should look, how the shadows should be cast… The paintings and sculptures inform each other in this way. I also “ground” the fanciful forest environment in a sense of reality by painting landscapes en plein air (when possible).
These serene, scenic places take on an ominous air while they dusk.
You will see it in paintings & in sculptures.

See More at https://www.ryancanvas.com/