Opening Reception for “Echo of Silence” by Catherine Eaton Skinner at IAMA

You’re cordially invited to the opening reception for “Echo of Silence” by Catherine Eaton Skinner!

Join us at Lightspace Gallery in the International Art Museum of America on Sunday, March 10, 2024 from 3 to 5 PM.

Echo of Silence

The power of the natural world, its intrinsic energy, and fundamental
properties, is dependent upon a fine balance. The balance of positive and
negative forces resides in the smallest particles that make up our universe
to concepts we live with every day.
To the chaos
the conflict
of voices
within the air
for the wind
to clear
the fog
in the trees
the earth
and ripples
in the water
an echo of silence

The five elements of earth, water, fire, air, and ether have been present in
my work for over fifty years. The geography of mountains, forest and water
is constantly being newly illuminated within series of extensive multimedia.
My materials change with their juxtaposition to each other: beeswax, damar
resin, oil and pigments, stones, collected threads, old books and cloth,
wood and glass, lead sheet and wire, precious metals. This allows me
flexibility, complexity, and congruity with an awareness of the universal
sacred space. Within these bodies of work, simplicity comes with the commitment to the ritual of patterns and repetition, marking, erasing and
renewal. There is always an allowance for exploration beyond the norm,
with play being essential. Each work becomes an offering to new
possibilities: a modern mandala born out of ancient traditions.
The historical reverence for the power and sacredness of earth spans the
timeline of our memory. We live in a chaotic world. It is difficult to feel a part
of the whole. There exists the loss of control and balance: personally,
politically, and spiritually. Hopefully we will continue to find ways to
understand and bond, not only to our environment, but most importantly, to
each other.

Catherine Eaton Skinner
Santa Fe, NM & Seattle, WA

We live in a world where it is difficult to feel a part of the whole, as we continue finding ways to connect to each other. Skinner’s work gives expression to her journeys through many cultures and the five elements, the balance being imperative to our survival. Skinner’s creative sensibilities stem from growing up in the Pacific Northwest. Her Bachelor of Arts and Science from Stanford University included painting instruction with Nathan Oliveira and Frank Lobdell. Twenty years in biological illustration began Skinner’s professional career. Between studios in Seattle and Santa Fe, she is an innovative artist with multidisciplinary methods: encaustic, oil, photography, glass, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and found objects.
Skinner’s monograph 108 published by Radius Books, documents her investigation of this symbolic number over 14 years using extensive multimedia. Unleashed – an anthology of animals, focuses on man’s relationship portrayed through the animal eyes, published with Woodland Park Zoo and University of Washington Press. Various anthologies contain her artwork and writing: Speak for the Tree; The Art of Discovery, Exploring a Northwest Art Collection; and Others Will Enter the Gates. Her work of art and poetry is included in over 100 publications: ARTfolio, Blue Mesa Review, Superpresent. Cold Mountain review, Another Chicago Magazine, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Leaping Clear, Monk Gallery, Interalia Magazine, LandEscape Art Review (London), Artists on Art, Magazine 43 (Berlin, Hong Kong, Manila), The Woven Tale Press.
Skinner has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Recent solo
exhibitions have included in 2023 Hem of Heaven at Perry & Carlson Gallery, Mount Vernon, Washington and Crosscurrents, Waterworks Gallery, Friday Harbor.
Represented by PIE Projects in Santa Fe, Skinner was included in the December 2023 Slice of Pie exhibition. Branigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces featured her solo exhibition Illuminations: Corvids and the Accumulations series was in the Summerlin Public Library Gallery and the Enterprise Gallery of Las Vegas, NV. Skinner has been part of the U.S. Art in Embassy program, Tokyo, and Papua New Guinea. Public collections include Seattle University, Seeds of Compassion; Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington; Tacoma Art Museum; Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe; Museum of Northwest Art; Swedish Orthopedic Institute; Virginia Mason Medical Center; Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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