WELMONT is pleased to announce A Place That is Not Yours, a group exhibition featuring work by Bethani Wells, Agnes Waruguru Njoroge and Olivia Cook on May 19, 2017. The opening reception will be Friday, May 19th from 6- 9pm. WELMONT is located at 1930, Montgomery St., Savannah, GA. The event is free and open to the public.
A Place That is Not Yours speaks to the ephemeral quality of place. Through the use of synthetic and organic media, materiality is explored and ethereal spaces are created. Inspired by geographical landscapes specific to each artist, the paintings, wall-hangings, and installation work come together to create a unique place from within, a place that is not yours.
Wells uses large-scale, non-representational painting and extended media to metaphorically reflect humanity and ephemerality by contrasting organic and synthetic materials. In her work, After Suns Shadows, Wells uses synthetic materials such as plastic and mylar as a representation of the corrupted sinful nature that dwells in us. She uses oil pastels and sand to portray our untainted, spiritual nature. Her paintings are like bodies that explore the gamut of this symbiotic relationship within humanity and make up who we are.
Njoroge combines elements from her home environment with found objects to create wall hangings and installation. Strong attachments to the country of her birth and her adopted homes are reflected in the work, this reveals her hybrid cultural identity that is a main theme in this body of work. In the piece Khanga Nzito I (Big Khanga I) she combines materials she grew up around in Kenya such as glass beads and khanga with sheer curtains, embroidery thread and vinyl shelf paper material that she relates to America. Through combining these elements she brings many fragments together. In this way meaning is shifted and interpretation becomes multifaceted.
Cook’s work is informed by the tradition of daxeiyi, an unrestrained freehand style of painting. She creates large installations suspended in space. Cook’s Untitled: Landscape sustains an ethereal impression as it is suspended in space. Her use of ink on fabric produces a range of tonality while engaging with the movement of light.
Through the innovative use of materials, each of the works presented in A Place That is Not Yours explore the ephemeral quality of place. The artists depict the coming together of many landscapes we experience; the map of no particular location. A Place That is Not Yours is the translation of how places transform people and how such places are within us. The exhibition focuses on featuring the diversity of practices across the three artists and highlighting how place is important to each of them in a unique way.
Suns Shadows, 2017, 60″x72″, Oil pastel, mylar, bubble wrap on plastic
Bethani Wells (United States, 1995) is receiving a B.F.A. in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in the spring of 2017. Through large-scale, non-representational painting and extended media, Wells explores the relationship between organic and synthetic materials and how they metaphorically reflect humanity and our ephemeral quality. She has exhibited her work in Savannah, GA as well as internationally in the Dominican Republic and Lacoste, France. Currently, Wells lives in Savannah, GA and is seeking residency and internship opportunities in Ireland.
For more info please visit bethaniwells.com
Agnes Waruguru Njoroge
Khanga Nzito I (Big Khanga I), 2017, Vinyl shelf paper, embroidery thread, ink, acrylic, glass beads and khanga on sheer curtain.
Agnes Waruguru Njoroge (b. 1994 Nairobi, Kenya) is receiving a B.F.A. in painting with a minor in art history from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia in spring of 2017. She has earned a Diploma from United World College of Southern Africa, Mbabane,Swaziland in 2013. Her art is one of disclosure, using her cultural background and nomadic lifestyle as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, printmaking, needlework and installation. Her work has been exhibited in group shows internationally including galleries in Savannah, Valencia, France and Kenya. She currently lives and works in Savannah, Georgia and is relocating to Nairobi, Kenya in the spring of 2017.
For more info please visit Waruguru.com
Untitled: Landscape, 2017, 8’x15′, Ink on fabric
Olivia Cook (b. 1994, United States) is receiving a B.F.A. in Painting with a minor in Art history from Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA. Inspired by daxieyi, an unrestrained freehand style of Chinese Painting, she creates environments where both material and light interact. Cook currently lives in Savannah, Ga
For more info please visit oliviacookstudio.com