Tessa Hulls "In The Eye Of The Storm"

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Tessa Hulls "In The Eye Of The Storm" says
Ghost Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Seattle artist Tessa Hulls. Feb. 11th - March 6th, 2016

In the Eye of the Storm is a new series of gouache paintings and papercuts that explore the idea of sanctuary and reprieve even within the heart of a collapse. It's been nearly three years since I last showed paintings, and I've spent a good portion of that deliberate sabbatical up in Alaska watching the colors change across the tundra while thinking about the tension between culture and wildness. Some part of me went (happily) feral, and I have spent much of the past few years feeling tugged between the irreconcilable worlds of the city and the wild.

In the Eye of the Storm investigates this sense of impossible longing, and is also informed by two pockets of personal loss: while in Alaska this past summer, a close friend drowned in a backpacking accident, and the sinuous forms of these paintings trace the braided rivers and alluvial fans of the landscape that claimed my friend's life. The second loss was of my own body: almost a year ago, something went wrong in my back, and I transitioned from being someone who bicycled alone across continents to someone who could not pick up five library books and walk to return them. The experience of chronic pain collapsed the life that I had been building and changed everything about how I move through the world. Slowly—and recently—my body has started to mend; these new pieces are a part of that recovery.

How do we survive as we are being washed away? How do we still trust in our strength even as our bodies are failing us? How do we find grace within ceaseless pain? We learn to lean in to the moment of peace; we learn to live within the eye of the storm.

This exhibit kicks off an exciting new year of visual art, where we will be presenting work that is imbued with both intellectual and emotional focus. These exhibits will highlight engaging artistic processes, respect for detail and presentation, and introduce the compelling manifestations of personal stories, revelations, anger, love and loss and all the rest.
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