Written by Nicole Gaudier
Chip Southworth ‘s work Rise of the Matriarch will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.
Statement by Chip Southworth:
“This is where the story blossoms…Final preparation prior to becoming one flesh, one unit, one family… Rise of the Matriarch! From her comes new life and the experiences that these lives will build together are Our Shared Past. I chose this image because it is so exciting, full of love and emotion… The beginning of a grand adventure! The piece that evolved for me is a monument to that moment and feeling. I have taken my heart to the panels and the brushstrokes are my experiences. The scale is daunting and massive to place the viewer in the moment. How grand she must have felt at that moment, invincible, lucky, loved, and ready for the world. The composition is almost religious. Exploration of the materials is pushed to a new level as the fabric that flows from the subject to the viewer is chaotic and powerful, yet still beautiful and (hopefully) infinitely interesting to the eye as they harken back to the moment of the Rise.”
There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.