Susan Eley Fine Art – Earthen Energies, Ancient Roots

by | Jun 22, 2022 | Blog post

Susan Eley Fine Art is pleased to present Earthen Energies, Ancient Roots, a two-person exhibition featuring recent work by Ashley Norwood Cooper and Jackie Shatz. The exhibition is on view from June 23 to July 31, 2022 at the Gallery’s Upstate location in downtown Hudson. Both Norwood Cooper and Shatz are based in New York State, and this exhibition marks their first presentation with the Gallery.

Norwood Cooper and Shatz are grounded in nature for their subjects and their materials. They produce ceramics, multi-media sculptures and paintings that reflect their immediate and imagined environments—as well as capture the lyrical movements of the humans and animals residing within. Thematically, Norwood Cooper and Shatz confront fragility and anxiety; then joy and rejuvenation. The artists often conjure ancient mythologies in their visual motifs and contextual references. This quality endows their artworks—rendered in wax and in clay—with a visceral, sometimes primordial, energy that is grounded by female agency.

The exhibition Earthen Energies, Ancient Roots is an opportunity to emphasize sculpture at SEFA Hudson—whether posed on shelves, mounted on walls or suspended in windows. The layout activates the unique architecture of the Gallery’s space, moving beyond the traditional “white cube” model via a dynamic arrangement of three-dimensional artworks.

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