Artist’s works help find peace

Since the start of the Visual Arts Society of Cayman’s Featured Artist Series last year, the Society has tried to introduce new artists and new styles, as well as more established artists with retrospectives.

The society’s latest exhibition showcases a bit of both by featuring Canadian artist Jessica Wallace.

The exhibition opens Friday, 18 March, from 6-8pm at Watler House, Pedro Castle.

Although Ms Wallace has had a number of shows since coming to Cayman, the Society show will focus primarily on recent works inspired by the solace the artist has slowly achieved following the sudden death of a dear friend.

Titled Finding Peace, the show will appeal not only to art aficionados, but to many who are attracted to the calming effects of yoga, meditation and introspection, organisers say.

Many of the artist’s new pieces incorporate images of Buddhas and the pure peace where she imagines her friend to be now.

Background

Ms Wallace studied at art school in Canada and had her first solo art show before she was 16 years old.

She then taught art for more than 10 years at all levels to all ages, and she is also a published author.

Originally, Ms Wallace came to Grand Cayman to teach art – including working at St. Ignatius and Cayman Prep high schools and at UCCI, and she is now the National Gallery of Cayman’s education manager.

Through her various teaching positions, Ms Wallace has had the opportunity to witness firsthand the profound power of art to heal, grow, and challenge individuals and communities.

Art fusion

As a result of an exhibition of street art, Ms Wallace

experimented and developed spray painting techniques, which she then taught.

She enjoyed the positive effects as people were able to express themselves with this free-flowing medium.

She also began experimenting with spray paint in her own studio with various ways to achieve detailed elements as well as loose and lively components.

“This new medium was thrilling to use and challenged me to develop novel techniques, and methods that I had never taught before,” Ms Wallace said.

She took the art form to a new level through her own artwork, combining the use of spray paint and handmade stencils with her various other passions, including photography and painting.

From this combination of various techniques, she has developed a new art form, which she refers to as Art Fusion, which begins with carving intricate stencils from digitally transformed photographs printed on a special type of card.

The stencil images, when sprayed with a specific range and type of spray paint, can then be combined into original acrylic paintings.

Although her renderings are a combination of photography, street art and painting all in one, the result is an edgy, contemporary art form, reminiscent of the iconic lithographs of Andy Warhol.

At tonight’s opening, complimentary wine, beer and nibbles will be available and the Visual Arts Society will have food from Agave Grill.

The show continues Saturday, 19 March, from 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, 20 March, from 11am to 4pm, during which time Ms Wallace will be doing demonstrations on the Art Fusion technique.

For more information, email [email protected] visit www.visualartcayman.com

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