ART AS MEDITATION AND SPIRITUAL JOURNEY: Two artists explore elements of nature
NEW HAVEN, October 17 – November 17, 2019: Kehler Liddell Gallery presents: Dowsing for Water, by Kate Henderson, and Lost in the Woods, by Roy Money, with an Opening Reception on Sunday, October 20th, 4:30–6:30pm, and Artist Talks on Saturday, November 9th at 5pm.
In her most recent collection of multimedia artworks – Dowsing for Water – Kate Henderson dives into the symbolism of water. The artist notes the themes that run through these works – “finding the source, sacred waters, feminine energies, life force and healing” – all inspired by the element of water, explaining: “Water is a symbol of spiritual journeys, diving deep into the unconscious. It is the source of all life or it can take it all away … Water is our primal connection with Universal Wisdom.”
Simultaneously, Roy Money presents the results of a spiritual journey of his own with Lost in the Woods. The artist states: “Photography is a kind of meditation for me, in which I welcome what is before me in an awareness of our shared space and time. … Even inanimate objects like rocks have a life that is expressive of the elemental creativity of the cosmos.” Created during a recent artist residency at Weir Farm, Money’s images, he hopes, will “convey a sense of wholeness in what often seems like a fragmented world.”
Roy Money started photography with a film camera and received an MFA in photography from the University of Delaware. During a dormant photographic period, poetry and meditation served to sustain his connection with creative awareness. A trip to visit his son in China enriched his sensibilities of the natural world and he reclaimed his photographic practice with new inspiration and resolve. Roy's work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows and is held in private collections in the US and elsewhere. www.roymoney.com
Kate Henderson received her MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University and a BFA in painting and a BA in art history at Indiana University. She is recognized for her pastels and is featured in Exhibeo Art Magazine. Her work has been shown at Creative Tech week NY, The Lumen Prize global tour, Degas Society in New Orleans, New Haven Lawn Club, NEST in Bridgeport CT, Ridgefield Camera Works, Franklin Street Works in Stamford CT, University of Bridgeport Schelfhaudt Gallery, Bridgeport CT, Creative Arts and Art Place in New Haven. Simultaneous to this exhibition, Henderson will be exhibiting another piece about water for this year’s CWOS Alternative Space, an Artspace commissioned installation, “Searching for the Fountain of Youth.” www.katehenderson.art.
Artist Talks are presented by ArtEcon Initiative, a neighborhood-based non-profit and an outgrowth of ArLoW (Art Lofts West). The primary mission of ArtEcon is to produce and support free, or low cost, arts and community programs for all ages in the Westville West-Rock neighborhood. Related programming during this exhibition is supported by ArtEcon, whose 2019 programming is made possible in part with support from the Pincus Family Foundation and Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. www.ArtEconInitiative.org.