Exhibition of Hand Painted Shawls
By Lotta Goldreiter
Gallery Atomic Salon is a home gallery recently opened by the American artist Laura Honse in the center of town for exhibiting her photography and collage. She now inaugurates the opening of a showroom for her new collection of hand painted shawls and her jewelry. The shawls are hand painted on poplin in sizes varying from 150 cm to 220 cm in length and about 75 cm in width, backed in black poplin. Great attention is given to detail, and each shawl is hand signed. One shawl motif displays a variety of birds, such as an owl, a hummingbird, a parrot, and baby birds with their beaks open awaiting food amid a tableau of lush Mexican flora. Another shawl is an abstract, wavy pattern in warm earthy tones dispersed with birds, speckled bird eggs, feathers, various seedpods, and plants. Two very brightly colored shawls are magical surreal Mexican landscapes with a skeleton and devil dancing around an erupting volcano, piñatas, luchador masks, a bull, cats, owls, birds, strings of papel picado banners, a balloon with a skull face on it, and more. The latest shawl depicts a soft aquamarine ocean scene aswim with colorful fish, a magenta squid, sea urchin, starfish, eel, jellyfish, a crab, shells, and seaweed swaying in the ocean current. Laura’s necklaces are made mostly with recycled, found objects, such as an old paintbrush, dried pieces of nopal, an antique Mexican bullet, a plastic skeleton, fish vertebrae, and driftwood, which are strung with antique wood, glass, and metal beads or new crystal beads, hand sewn vintage Japanese fabric beads, shells, or seeds. One necklace consists of about fifty metal dog tags in the shape of hearts, flowers, bones, and bells in green, red, and blue, which she found in a metal recycling dump. Laura’s shawls and jewelry are not everyday wear. They are in themselves art works and pieces that can as easily be hung on a wall or draped over a table. They are the delightful surreal fantasies of an adult immersed in the magic of a child’s world, full of playfulness, inventiveness, color, and dreams.
Exhibition of Hand
Sat, Mar 19, 2–6pm
Gallery Atomic Salon
Calle Homobono 2, corner of Animas
415 119 0405
Laura was born in the US but raised in various countries overseas and has recently settled in Mexico after twenty years in Germany. She graduated with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied painting and photography. In Hamburg, she owned the original Gallery Atomic Salon, which closed due to building renovation in 2010.
Please join us Saturday afternoon for some wine and exquisite fashion. Also on view in other areas of the house will be Laura’s photographs and collage. Gallery Atomic Salon is open by appointment only, any day of the week.