Sparks Gallery Features Stefanie Bales’ Solo Exhibition, “Amor Terrae: Letters To The Wild”
Amor Terrae: Letters to the Wild is the culmination of years of research and exploration into Gestalt principles of visual perception, the collective subconscious, and the artist’s own intuition and perspective on our interactions with the natural world.
Surreal, ethereal, and metaphysical
All of Stefanie Bales’ work reflects on the surreal, ethereal, and metaphysical state of daydreaming, and the fragmented ways in which we perceive memories.
Bales draws and expands upon this feeling in her practice, creating majestic scenes that feel simultaneously personal and ubiquitous. Her work reminds us of that collective feeling that we all share when witnessing a magnificent sunset — the profound acknowledgment that we all share the same sky.
“Amor Terrae: Letters to the Wild”
The show’s title, Amor Terrae: Letters to the Wild, reflects Bales’ appreciation for the gifts of nature: the brilliant colors created by the rising and setting of the sun, the tenor and texture of the ocean, and the quiet movement of palms and petals in the wind.
None of the landscapes are geographically specific, rather, they are composites of numerous topologies blended harmoniously into one larger “place”.
These works are Bales’ attempt to make tangible and permanent all of the magnificent and ineffable things in life that are so easy to miss or to take for granted.
Stefanie Bales’ unique creative process
Regarding the creation of her pieces, Bales explains:
“I’ve developed and honed an original process that I use to compose much of my work. My process is similar to collage, but instead of cut and paste, I’m using an original ‘ink transfer’ process to transfer bits of texture and imagery onto the canvas which I then paint within, over, and around, responding intuitively to the transferred piece as I continue to build out imagery and form the larger narrative and composition.”
“My aim is that the viewer sees the work as a whole, and it isn’t until further investigation that the incongruities that give it its ‘dream-like’ qualities are noticed.”
See you there
The opening reception is Sunday, October 22, at 5PM. To RSVP to the event, visit here.
Sparks Gallery is located at 530 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101. For more info, visit the website here.
See you there, San Diego!