Paint, Print, & Stitch: Reflections on Nature

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Paint, Print, & Stitch promotional image © Back to the Picture
Bird Vessel II Solar Print, Chine Colle Mixed Media © Victoria Kirby
Walking Path Mixed Media Textile, Beads © Deborah Franzini
Tree Elements IV Print © Victoria Kirby
Paint, Print, & Stitch: Reflections on Nature
Curated by: Randy Figures

934 Valencia Street at 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
February 28th, 2009 - March 27th, 2009
Opening: February 28th, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

(415) 826-2321
M-Sa 10-6, Sun 12-5
textile-art, gouache, printmaking, relief, nature, birds, trees, leaves, floral, botanical, mixed-media, conceptual, landscape, traditional
Free and Open to the Public


Paint, Print, & Stitch:  Reflections on Nature

Christine Cariati - Deborah Franzini - Victoria Kirby

Back to the Picture Latin American Gallery

February 28 through March 27, 2009

Opening Night Reception:  Saturday, February 28, 2009

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Back to the Picture welcomes artists Christine Cariati, Deborah Franzini, and Victoria Kirby in a three-part show in which each artist explores nature in her own media.  Through use of texture, juxtaposed subjects, color, and technique, the artists invite the viewer to contemplate what it means to observe and be inspired by the natural world around us, even as we dwell within cities and constructed environments.

Christine Cariati paints in gouache, creating a dense, matte surface rich with color and subject.  In Christine's paintings, stylized birds, insects, and flora abound, deeply involved in the cycles of life and death.  At first glance, one is captivated by the intricate details and colors in Christine's paintings, and is drawn in to explore the painted garden.  Once familiar with Christine's images, the observer realizes death is as much a part of the cycle of life as living.

Deborah Franzini expresses her artistry through the age-old tradition of quilting.  Though the process is traditional, the resulting art pieces are decidedly contemporary in their design and presentation.  Mixing many varieties of fabrics in varying  colors and textures, Deborah achieves abstracted imagery by both machine-piecing and hand-stitching textiles.  The intricate artworks are both tactile and beautiful.

Victoria Kirby uses pieces of nature in her printmaking process, mixing representations of trees, leaves, pods and insects with organic materials printed in relief.  Victoria experiments with varying textures by the use of grasses, leaves, lace, bubble-wrap and other materials to make plaster plates, and juxtaposing these with detailed imagery on etching plates. Part scientific botanical study, part playful organic abstraction, Victoria's observations of nature are thorough and beautifully rendered, appealing to afficianados of both illustrative and relief printmaking.