Atlanta artist Seana Reilly speaks Nov. 14 at Art of the Valley Gallery
AVON — Today the Vail Valley Art Guild will host a presentation by Seana Reilly, a prominent Atlanta artist and photographer.
Reilly’s background in architecture from Virginia Tech and art from the Savannah College of Art gives her a unique perspective on light, form and texture, as depicted in her dramatic black and white images. Reilly will be presenting a review of her art and the process involved in developing liquid graphite images. Many of her images are in the permanent collection of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
Sources of inspiration
Reilly’s sources of inspiration can be found in the earth sciences, architecture and Buddhist thought. Many of the same forces that shaped the earth, such as gravity and erosion, also shape her imagery. She pours and drags a graphite preparation onto a flat surface and lets it spread across the substrate unimpeded. Laying down the graphite ground is an exercise in giving up control and letting nature take its course.
Reilly’s formal interventions into the work allude to human efforts to understand, classify and both mentally and physically subdue nature. Attan, a Norwegian rock group, recently chose one of Reilly’s graphite pours for the cover of its debut album, “From Nothing.”
The public is invited to the presentation and reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at Art of the Valley Gallery, 240 Chapel Square in Avon. Learn more about Reilly’s work at sreilly.com.