On exhibit: March 4 – April 15, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4, 4 PM – 7 PM
Artists Talk: Friday, March 24, 11 AM
ACA Downtown, Arts on Douglas, alt_space gallery
123 Douglas Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
(386) 428-1133 | artsondouglas.net
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 5 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM
This interdisciplinary installation by Central Florida artist Jamieson Thomas explores the flower as a metaphor for life, urging the viewer to ask questions not just about our relationship to flowers, but our relationship to the world around us. This is accomplished through the juxtaposition of her paintings, mixed media assemblages and sculptures that suggest a range of conversations or narratives on the subject.
On this series, Jamieson explains, “I consider the life cycle of the flower in comparison to human life and the beauty in all its stages. The ways in which we interpret the world around us are reflected on multiple canvases presenting divided views of the whole. Through these works, I explore not only the history of flowers in our culture, but the many layers of meaning found in both flowers and language, and the complex relationships they have in nature and our lives.”
Jamieson’s vivid and colorful installations also incorporate elements of text and are painted from different perspectives, to emphasize different observations and frames of reference from which one may see the world. Using the flower as a point of entry, the viewer is encouraged to stop and think about the underlying meaning of things, through examination of details, beauty, color and contradictions within our culture.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jamieson Thomas is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Central Florida, working primarily in painting and sculpture. She is currently an MFA candidate at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. A lover of linguistics, she frequently incorporates text in her work in order to deepen her message. With a focus on nature and portraiture, she explores the relationship between the artificial and natural worlds. Her new work is unique and sometimes edgy, weaving a lifetime of captured photographs into new technologies and art practices. She researches her subject matter extensively as she explores the effects of humanity on our environment, and media and social pressures on individuals. She has exhibited extensively in Central/South Florida and New York.
IMAGE: Jamieson Thomas, Verisimilitude, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 x 1.5 inches