This November, 323East Gallery will once again host Glass, Cinder & Thorns. The all-women, fairy-tale inspired group exhibition features over 20 new pieces from some of today's best female artists curated by April Segedi.
"As children, our parents often read us bedtime stories of Little Mermaids, Sleeping Beauties, and Little Red Riding Hoods. However, these seemingly innocent stories often had evil lurking within their pages. The more we age, the more we realize how wonderful being an innocent child can sometimes be as we lose ourselves in fantasies of white horses, magic, and dazzling princesses. What Disney failed to mention is that the mermaid dies, multiple suitors defiled Sleeping Beauty, and the wolf ate grandma. Horrible things happen everyday and we all sometimes wish for a place and time where life is simpler and better. We find ourselves yearning for the warmth of our childhood beds, the calming voice of our parents, and the journey back to that enchanted world. Yet we must remember that even in fairylands of beauty and glitter, evil things creep about in false glamours. It may be the evil witch living in the gingerbread house or a beautiful sea nymph singing you into your watery grave." - April Segedi
This RUN comes signed by the artist along with an Original Artwork Letter of Provenance from 323East Gallery and 1xRUN.
Lacey lives in San Jose where she paints almost every day. When she isn’t painting, she likes to go hiking, knit, play with her cat, Hecubus and eat cupcakes. She also paints scenery for theatre and haunted houses.
Lacey Bryant’s paintings, like Lacey herself, have a massive presence within a small space. A keen observer of the patterns, connections and duality of all things, Bryant’s new series of paintings continue to depict the poetic beauty in the odd and disconcerting.
Her visual story telling can be described as a noir morality tale rather than a fairy tale. The ambiance is one of curiosity and trepidation…a foreboding dream in which the dreamer is lucid, consciously searching for the true meaning of their situation before they wake up. Her girls and boys are beautiful, not in the conventional tradition of perfect features, but rather because of their defiant gaze and confident stance that speaks of an age old wisdom in the soul, realizing too soon that childhood notions of a perfect world need to be set aside.
Roots, veins, thread are the language Bryant often uses as metaphors for little connections that reach out and twine around things, getting tangled up or sometimes grasping where there is nothing to hold to. Birds and insects are also prevalent in her work. Her young subjects are the natural caretakers of these small species that are only slightly more fragile than the youngsters themselves.
Creation and destruction, ego and soul, beauty and the unsightly all exist in natural harmony. The “other self’, (occasionally more than just two) occupy the same space on her canvases with only slight acknowledgment for each other. Therein lies the human condition we each grapple with. Within Lacey’s narrative, we see ourselves…our own duality of the beautiful and imperfect." -Anno Domini, 2012