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Exhibit: Red and Blue Windows
April 19, 2019 - May 26, 2019
Artist: Caitlin G. McCollom
An exhibition of original paintings. Spiritual windows bursting with blue and red light. An exploration of contemporary cathedral windows.
About the Artist:
Based in Austin, TX, Caitlin G McCollom is a visual artist whose conceptual paintings encapsulate metaphysical longing.
Using high-flow acrylic paints on polypropylene paper (Japanese Yupo paper), McCollom captures her encounters with the “unknown” and gives form to the fleeting invisible world that composes the human spirit and its many states of being. Her current series, “Spirit Rooms” is the culmination of her pursuit to visually express those transcendent states: she says that “Your spirit is a temple to the divine. Like any building, it has rooms: Rooms for mourning, for joy, for passion, and for rage.” In this series, McCollom seeks to express what she visualizes as being inside these rooms.
She uses various shapes such as orbs, teardrops, and hearts to channel the essence of each “room”, and each form is a combination of deep blue and purple, and in most works also lively red and pink, each color actively taking its own shape within the larger form that creates an iridescent cosmos, simulating the fullness and intensity that exists in the inner universe present in every human spirit. For example, her work “Lover’s Gaze” takes the shape of a heart, where a heavy deep blue fills the lower portion and seems to flow from light veins from the top, melting into the light pink and red that comprise the mass of the shape: we are given a glimpse into the spirit of a lover, where in a moment’s notice the life within becomes flooded with deep, dark weight.
Her work has been featured in Marie Claire, Vogue, Real Simple, and in countless local publications in print and online. Caitlin’s paintings have been shown alongside those by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Alex Katz and are part of corporate collections across the United States and in private collections internationally. She graduated from Texas State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art.
Artist Reception: Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 6 PM
Artist Talk: Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 2 PM