The Rise of the Original Eden
Cella Gallery is excited to present a series of new paintings and a larger-than-life sized installation by American artist Gwyneth Scally
Gwyneth Scally was born and raised in Washington, D.C. After receiving degrees in both Art and Literature, Scally moved to Arizona, where she received her MFA from the University of Arizona.
Her work has been inspired by her time on various coastlines, and she has turned her attentions to issues of Global Warming, melting ice, and the rising oceans. Juxtaposing images of aquatic life and human subjects, Scally explores issues of displacement, nostalgia, and climatic longing, while suggesting deeper issues of an environmental order overturned.
The jellyfish sculptures, tangled and transparent in the gallery space, evoke both beauty and disgust in the viewer. Delicate and strangely graceful, these creatures also suggest slimy tissues and a quiet sense of menace. Their gelatinous bodies remind us of our relationship with our own bodies, of the tangled emotions of beauty and disgust that are part of the human biological experience. It is not only our biological evolution from the oceans that Scally explores, but also the strange state in which the ocean is returning to claim us, its prodigal children. As ice melts and seas around the globe rise, we are witnessing displacement on a grand scale- the displacement of human populations, the displacement of aquatic creatures, and the displacement of the ocean itself, the amniotic fluid of humanity, as it breaches the shores of our rash world.