Odyssey: Watercolors by Karen Shea
Wednesday, Sept. 1 Sunday, Oct. 17
Artist Karen Shea found inspiration in poetry for her watercolors that will be exhibited at the University of Virginia Art Museum. Inspired by Ezra Pounds "Cantos" and Homers "Odyssey," both works about personal journeys, Shea created watercolor paintings rendered in cobalt and indigo blue in this exhibit, "The Odyssey: Watercolors by Karen Shea," curated by Eileen B. Mott.
The 22 works of varying sizes are enveloped by both a sense of mystery and stillness and, for the artist, exemplify the dichotomy between todays fast-paced world and the quietude required in their making.
"After working in cobalt and indigo, Ive come to the
idea that our entire lives are surrounded by blue, "Shea
said. "The cobalt blue of the days sky turns to indigo
every night. The more I paint with these minimal materials the
more I discover the vast complexity within simplicity."
Shea, a Charlottesville-based artist and teacher, studied at Cornell
University, UCLA and UC-Berkeley. Her work has been exhibited
in solo and group shows, including "IX Artists" at Les
Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville; "Watercolor, USA 1996,"
Springfield Art Museum, Missouri; and "Art as Invocation,"
Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Va. She is a fellow
of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, which is
supported in part by U.Va. Arts$ and private donors. The exhibition
was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts Statewide Exhibitions
Program, and sponsored by The Council of the VMFA.