From the Corner of the Eye

By Diana Glassman

Esperanza Studio presents “From the Corner of the Eye,” an exhibit by Kathleen Cammarata and Annie Evans. Both artists honor the feminine in all its mythological beauty and the mystery that lies just below the surface of reality, a melding of our world with another more fantastical realm, something that can be glimpsed momentarily out of the corner of the eye. The show features transformational work on the ambiguous nature of our connection with the natural world, including mixed media drawings, prints, and paintings as well as ceramic and papier-mâché sculptures. It will be at the Esperanza Studio in Colonia San Antonio, Alameda 6, on Sunday, December 6, 1 to 5pm.

Ms. Cammarata’s drawings consist of exquisite nudes releasing flights of butterflies from lips and thighs, fossilized lily pods blossoming sinuous and otherworldly, and votive offerings in some fantastic temple beyond space and time. The play of the erotic energies of attraction are present in much of her work, be it figurative detailed drawings on paper or the gorgeously colorful large scale oil-on-canvas abstracts. Her precision with layout and form somehow explodes and tantalizes by the inherent sensuality and beauty of her work.

Open Studio
“From the Corner of the Eye”
By Kathleen Cammarata and Annie Evans
Sun, Dec 6, 1-5pm
Alameda 6
Colonia San Antonio
121 3026
Free

Ms. Evans’ provocative hand-built ceramic sculptures are an amazing presence, wild creatures morphing into voluptuous nudes, dazzling to the mind and eye. We are seeing something we know but do not quite recognize. Her use of natural animal horn and bone is exciting, thoughtful, and irresistible to the eye. Her dream creatures are sailing the waters of life in water troughs, or riding the backs of folk art animals ferreted out of the outdoor markets and junk emporiums of San Miguel. Multiple firings with oxide under and over glazes create a depth of color and texture, reminiscent of ancient mossy forests or the blues and greens of seaborne algae. It all seems like a primordial underworld brought forth from some deep remembering. A new body of work will also be on display, inspired by the historical Mexican tradition of papier-mâché and the mojigangas of San Miguel. Ms. Evans is using this multi-generational, traditional art form to create her fantastical paean to the feminine.

This is a show to excite the imagination and make you question what you think you know, by two of the finest artists here in San Miguel.

 

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