Installed just before the Covid-19 shut down in March of 2021, “In the Wake” was extended for in person viewing from June 1st through July 18th. Check out the virtual display here:
One might wonder what Tamera Avery’s huge oil paintings have in common with TaVee McAllister Lee’s seemingly fragile torn paper constructions. Avery’s paintings have a bold presence. This is partly due to their scale – one painting is 78” x 112” – but more so to the strangely costumed figures that find themselves in vast landscapes. She invites us into an alien yet familiar world that can be both lyrically beautifully and foreboding.
Both artists are story tellers. They are encouraging us to do what all good artists do, to not only observe the artistry of their work but to do a bit of soul searching in the process. They take us on a journey of discovery. In the Wake asks us to engage in some of the prescient social and political issues of our time.
TaVee McAllister Lee’s constructions, by contrast, drift lightly over the wall surface, pinned such that they cast delicate shadows. On cursory glance they might look like a flutter of butterflies or falling leaves but on closer scrutiny one begins to realize that her work, like Avery’s, has a serious and mindful presence.