Kenda North, long time Dallas artist and educator continues her longstanding career with a new body of underwater photographs titled Flora Aquatilis. Well known for her underwater images, North continues with this idea, but now without the figurative aspect of the former images. North talks about her new work saying, "These images are inspired by floral still life paintings. The French term for still life is ‘nature morte’ (dead nature) which has a rather sad inference, yet my bouquets are indeed dying. The flowers had been made into elaborate arrangements, carefully placed to provide a splash of color at an event and then returned to the florist who created them. I rescued them for one last hurrah, suspended in a pool and bathed in summer sunlight." These photographs have an abstract sensibility to them, photographed underwater, disheveled, combined with the play of sunlight and shadows from above. It is reason to stop and study what is real and what is illusion. North has successfully captured the last few minutes of what is left of short life of each the original arrangements. Kenda North is a professor and head of photography at UT Arlington, where she has been on the faculty since l989.
Abhidnya Ghuge or “Abhi”, will be presenting her second body of Henna paintings and wall sculpture titled Relevance at Craighead Green. Abhi was born in India and migrated to the United States in 1993. A dermatologist prior to moving to Texas, she pursued her BFA and MFA at the University of Texas: Tyler with a focus on audio art, specifically woodblock printing. Abhi’s current work is combination of woodblock printing, painting and sculpting skills, all influenced by the rich traditional of contrasting colors and textures in India. The artist’s sculptural pieces are woodblock prints on paper plates. The paper is deckled and then rolled and sculpted into wonderful wall hangings and site responsive installations. Abhi draws on inspiration from Indian henna designs that allow for a sensory and spatial experiences by the viewer.
Debuting at Craighead Green is Dallas artist Bryson Davis Jones. He will be presenting a body of abstract paintings titled Arbitrary Chemistry. Earlier paintings were based on architectural forms and shapes, focusing on solids and voids. Jones’ work uses more organic shapes which are strong in color, composed of overlapping shapes forms and visual textures. His work has a very "modern" feel about it. Jones comments that his work is "mostly organic with a pop of sensibility. I like to a play off the known organic forms and recognized the geometric shapes to create tension." Jones admits that his paintings are "off", they are not perfect in the sense of an organized place. The disorganization and imperfection of shape is unexpected and gives reason for the viewer to pause and study the paintings. Jones comments that, "For some reason art ties us into this life together and connects us through form color and expression”.