CURRENTLY IN THE GALLERY
The acclaimed artists show work not only inspired by North Carolina, but also by travels abroad.
Rachel Campbell studied in her native New Zealand and in Canada before making her home in the United States. For At Home in the World, Campbell refuses to get stuck in one style or place. Subjects range from a cottage in Key West, where she recently had a residency, New Zealand landscapes, and take-out meals, to iconic North Carolina subjects like Krispy Kreme donuts, farmers market eggs and trailers. All her paintings are suffused with luscious color, her lively sense of line, and often her sly sense of humor.
Humor also animates much of the work of Madelyn Smoak, who combines found objects and crafted metalwork into surprising icons and one-of-a-kind examples of wearable art. With a grant from the Durham Arts Council, Smoak travelled to London to engage in mudlarking, which she calls “the time-honored practice of visiting the Thames at low tide to see what the waning tide has exposed on the foreshore.” Items including pottery and pipe fragments have been incorporated into her jewelry for which the wearer can provide their own narrative. Smoak provides her own backstory for a series of intricate icons called Furious Fragments, which utilize mudlark shards, photographs and text about women giving in to anger.
Alex Harris Phil Freelon John Beerman Beverly McIver Thomas Sayre