Last Thursday evening was one of those "firsts" that I didn't think I would necessarily experience. An actual gallery opening. My exhibit "The Suffering of Becoming" opened November 13th at The Nina Bliese Gallery in downtown Minneapolis. It will run through Dec. 21st. They hosted an artist reception Nov. 15 for me. It's always a surreal experience for a person who spends hours upon hours alone in the studio....to suddenly be thrust into a crowd of people. I was asked to do a Gallery Talk. My first. I have no idea if I followed protocol, but I definitely was myself. Not very hoity-toity. We had some good laughs and I attempted to talk about my process of painting an abstract. Crazy to try to explain visual art. It is a different experience to each viewer...according to their own lives and experience. That is the beauty of abstract paintings. My work is very active with movement and vibrant color. Plenty of room to enter in. A person asked where I thought my painting would be in 5-10 years. That is a very tough question for someone who spends most of her time in the present moment. I am just thankful I can paint....and I hope I will be painting til I drop over some day. A big thanks to my husband, my mom, brother Kevin and my kids for their endless support and encouragement! A really big thank you to Nina Bliese for taking me on!
So...my first exhibit in the Twin Cities opens today. I feel nervous. I have spent the last several months with my head buried in the paint. Sometimes it's hard to breathe. I have been living in the "present moment" for so many hours of my days that I can hardly remember how the past and future tie in. It's like coming out of a space capsule and re-orienting to gravity and the realities of this world. I haven't been painting in the abstract and in acrylic very long, just a few years. I have painted with watercolors for about 30 years. The beauty of the kind of painting I am currently doing is that I can use the skills I learned with watercolor in building layers of transparent color. But I also have the luxury of using opaque color to contrast and deepen and texture. This exhibit is entitled "The Suffering of Becoming". It is about what we learn as we wade through our lives...through the tough stuff and the joys.
Sacred Self Robyn Sand Anderson
Robyn Sand Anderson