Lift­ing the Veil

American Art Collector - - Contents - Gallery 1261 1412 Wazee Street • Den­ver, CO 80202 • (303) 571-1261 •

Robin Cole’s forth­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tion at Gallery 1261, ti­tled An­i­mas, takes a closer look at life “be­hind the veil.” While many know the Coloradobased artist for her draw­ings and en­caus­tics, this is the first show of Cole’s to fea­ture only her oil paint­ings, all of which in­cor­po­rate some ele­ment of na­ture within them.

“Ev­ery­thing gives off a par­tic­u­lar emo­tional res­o­nance…and I’m re­ally in­trigued by that,” Cole says. With­out de­vel­op­ing too di­rect a nar­ra­tive, she as­pires to hint at some­thing be­yond the or­di­nary or phys­i­cal, and this is the first show where she has “un­apolo­get­i­cally dived” into that. Cole’s new body of work in­cludes de­pic­tions of stones and boul­ders on a for­est floor, a starry night sky, a girl’s head topped with a crown of twigs and leaves, and a doe hid­ing in the brush, among oth­ers. Cole says that Jun­gian psy­chol­ogy and the lit­er­ary genre of mag­i­cal re­al­ism in­spire and in­form her work.

In My Lady’s House, a por­trait of Cole’s close friend, is a metaphor for the idea that the earth is home to every liv­ing crea­ture that in­hab­its it—and this work fur­ther ex­plores the sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ships be­tween these crea­tures. Al­though bees swirl above her head, the sub­ject of the paint­ing wears a serene ex­pres­sion, per­fectly at ease with life around her. Rather than con­flict, there is har­mony. “I try to hint at the things I want to say in sub­tle ways,” says Cole.

“Since the ear­li­est days of my life, na­ture has been my home...When I’m deal­ing in the sym­bolic realm

ar­tis­ti­cally, the im­ages are al­most al­ways hav­ing to do with na­ture...It feels like a na­tive lan­guage to me,” the artist says. “I think of it as a pri­mal mir­ror for the psy­che. My work is an ex­plo­ration of an in­ner wilder­ness by way of an outer wilder­ness.”

Cole’s solo ex­hi­bi­tion will be on view Oc­to­ber 6 through 27 with an open­ing

re­cep­tion from 6 to 9 p.m.

2Swal­low­tails,oil on mounted linen, 28 x 43"2

1Hear­ken,oil on mounted linen, 20 x 20"1

3Flicker,oil on linen, 46 x 28"3


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