Beginning in May Hall Spassov Gallery is pleased to present the first two-woman exhibit with artists Gretchen Gammell and Amy Spassov. Each artist created a new body of work and each artist’s intent reveals cross over in ideals and purpose.
Beauquets, the latest offerings from Gammell, is inspired and named for her baby daughter Beau. In the artist’s words, “She has refreshed my water and caused me to see all things anew. This body of work is heavily laden with rich color and textures, symbolism drawn from classic iconography, and everyday objects found in my home and neighborhood. When I began explaining the world we inhabit to my child, I found renewed meaning in the mundane and a previously unrealized responsibility to my community. Her fresh eyes have replaced my old ones.”
Beauty, seduction and desire; all are precursors to pollination and all are the centerpiece for Spassov’s new works. In the artist’s words, “There is no better place than nature to see the role these elements of attraction play in pollination and ultimately in the survival and evolution of nearly every form of life. A flower’s beauty is not accidental. It is specifically designed to seduce pollinators. Humans are equally susceptible to their charm and while we do not pollinate flowers it does shine a light on perhaps our most important characteristic, which is to love and protect. “