Paintings by Nicole Parcher and Sculpture by Wyatt Nash
The works in To Your House… capture the play between chaos and order in life. Some explore a larger spiritual journey; others the simultaneous stasis and tumult of daily existence. Through use of vibrant color, suggestive motifs and visual gesture, the works in this exhibition evoke feelings of harmony and disharmony all at once … an unsettling voyage of hope, humor, whimsy, fear, and exhilaration.
The three basic symbols of a house, a path, and a tree are the inspiration for Nicole Parcher’s To Your House… and You Are Here series of paintings, drawings, and installations. Through repetition of these images and the exploration of mark making and materials lively and curious environments are created. The jumbled landscapes are often humming with a chaotic harmony much like the world we live in. These archetypal images conjure up notions of a journey, life-path, enlightenment, stability, upheaval, and longing, reflecting some of our innermost fears and desires.
For Ms. Parcher, the processes involved in collage, drawing and painting are inter-related. Often times a work on paper will evolve into a painting, which will then evolve into an installation, and then back again into a painting. This dialogue between the media informs the work, and the result is a harmonious and evocative synthesis of elements, materials, colors, and ideas.
Since childhood, Mr. Nash has been inspired by everyday objects – things one might notice in passing, but which for him had a profound impact: the movement the air from a fan created on a pillowcase, the drip of a shower faucet, the whirring noise of a drill…. Mr. Nash’s sculptures look and feel so real that one is compelled to reach out and touch them, as one would something in one’s own home. It is at that point that one realizes the craftsmanship involved in creating these seemingly ordinary – and yet extraordinary—pieces. One can be misled by the child-like innocence, exuberance, and amazingly life-like qualities of Mr. Nash’s work and overlook its complexity.