On Friday, March 3rd, at 6pm, Bajo El Sol gallery will delight audiences with the forces of nature at the opening of “Natural Poetics.”
Curated by the Gri Gri Project, Natural Poetics features four artists practicing in the Virgin Islands whose works convey a strong identification with natural subjects and materials.
St. Thomas-born painter Shansi Miller will be displaying new works from “The Nature Series,” in which her human subjects become protagonists in an epic creole history set amidst the natural environments of her home island. These recent oil paintings are a nuanced exploration of Virgin Islands mythology and identity.
St. Johnian master wood turner Avelino Samuel will be exhibiting his latest hand-turned bowls and vessels made from local woods including mahogany, genip, raintree, white prickle and others. Samuel’s works range from highly ornate to naturalistic, and reflect his desire “to let the material be the dominant voice, or in other instances, work to accent its character.”
Accomplished St. Thomas batik artist Doreen Walsh will also be displaying new works. Walsh is drawn to the batik medium because it affords “a balance between pre-made plans, impromptu ideas, and things beyond control.”
Natural Poetics will also introduce to the Virgin Islands Italian painter Katia Montisanti, who has recently relocated to St. John. Her large canvases, depicting her garden on St. John, are vibrantly colored representations of new botanical encounters in the Caribbean.
The exhibit will run through March 31st.