Art in the Garden: Opening Reception for A Forest of Ancestral Dreams

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Art in the Garden: Opening Reception for A Forest of Ancestral Dreams

Saturday, December 16, 2023, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Meet the artist Christine Stoddard at the opening reception for the exhibition, a Forest of Ancestral Dreams.

Admission is Free

Curator’s Statement

Vibrant, surreal, and imaginative are the words that instantly come to mind when one views the artwork of Christine Stoddard. Her work is a carnival of materials, themes, and imagery. Stylistic drawings render recognizable images that are juxtaposed by purely abstract backgrounds and/or foregrounds. Her practice of mixing medias to form abstract—often sculptural—figurations in her paintings comes from a suitable mix of inspirations: her Salvadoran mother’s culture, her father’s Scottish heritage, her upbringing in the state of Virginia, and her current home of New York City. Whilst the imagery in her artwork frequently features plants, animals, and nature, it is also heavily embedded in fairy tales, folklore, and magic. The artwork celebrates the beauty found in the colors and chaos of everyday life. The Earth is a complex planet, humans are a complicated species, and the social orders found in both human and animal societies are equally as intricate. In many ways, Christine’s art is reflective of these multitudes of complexity and her work serves as a celebration of life itself. -Meagan J. Meehan


Saturday, December 16, 2023
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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