Since I first saw Gaustad's work, I thought it was incredibly interesting. I actually wrote about her when I was in college back in 2011 (when I was given an open assignment and decided to make a book of the artists who influenced me). I made this little collage about her work and made my own (far less skilled) version.
I can't believe it's already the end of February! This month has flown by. I wanted to share with you all one of the exhibitions that I think you NEED to check out before it ends. I thought there was so much time left to see this show until I looked at the calendar and realized it closes tomorrow!
It's at Reynolds Gallery (1514 W. Main St. RVA) and while there are multiple artists showing their work, the one I am most interested in is the series by Joan Gaustad called, "Collaborations and Sensations".
The most interesting thing about the show Gaustad is in now - is that it involves the unfinished paintings of her late husband, Jerry Donato. She has layered her work onto his and created something so beautiful on so many levels. I just found this quote from her about her process, "It started as a coincidence, if it was a coincidence. I needed a stretcher, and suddenly there it was ... I thought I'd paint over it with white, but the colors and shapes on the canvas were perfect for the piece I had begun. And then it happened again, and again and one more time" (2014).
The fact that she's found a way to collaborate with her deceased husband by combining their artwork is one of the most tragic, beautiful and romantic things I've ever heard. I can't wait to see this work in person and I hope you get the chance to as well.
To read more about this show or Reynolds Gallery click here.
To learn more about Joan Gaustad, click here.
To learn more about Jerry Donato, click here.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
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