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Seeing in the Dark

  • High Point Station 7210 Cresheim Road Philadelphia, PA, 19119 United States (map)

* Seeing in the Dark * 
featuring new work from artist Serena Niesley

Lowkey afternoon reception from 1-3pm, pop by and say hi!

Work will be up from now until the end of December. All work is for sale, contact artist for purchase.

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It has become a ritual of mine, on the first night of daylight savings, to go for a walk in the night. At that time of year, and for the many dark months to come, it feels as though the evening clamps down around the walls of dwellings like an iron cage. Going out, penetrating the solid wall of darkness, reminds me that it is breakable, and that the world goes on; the river is moving, the branches of the trees are swaying, the moon wanes, waxes, and the clouds pass over the sky, even in mid-winter dark. This heavy darkness is not a monolith as it seemed, and in its expansiveness, I am suddenly dwarfed. There is a familiar and exhilarating comfort, visiting this wild and solitary place, facing my smallness in, and simultaneous connection to, the moving world. 

Seeing in the Dark features a new body of work by artist Serena Niesley. Breaking from her usual practice of using watercolor and gouache on paper, these paintings are all acrylic on canvas. The paintings in this show are inspired the night: by its beauty, by its lessons, and by the unique chance that it offers us to see light. The stars, the moon, the warm light of fire. How do we learn to see in the dark? This question can be answered both practically, during the dark months of the year, but also psychologically and societally. What forms of resistance make us strong enough to survive dark times, adjusting our sight to seek, hold, and share the light we have? 
In general, Serena's work, which ranges across media but is primarily based in gouache, ties a line between beauty, spirituality, and connections of nature and community. The images she creates are folk-inspired and deeply rooted in place. She practices contemplation and reflection on the spiritual aspects of nature: both as a source of beauty and mystery, but also as a teacher and guide of how to live and act towards each other. Her work engages in simple and metaphorical imagery, often nature-based, to explore psychological, emotional, and spiritual experiences.

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