Fish pictures in Worthington a tribute to artist’s mentor

"Upward Motion" by Kelly Reichert

For her most current entire body of do the job, Clintonville artist Kelly Reichert drew from a deep area.

In an exhibit on watch at the Highline Espresso Art Space’s North Window Gallery — a window exhibiting artworks to all those who wander by the Highline Coffee Co. in Worthington — Reichert pays tribute to her previous artwork professor at Otterbein University, the late Joanne Stichweh. The show carries on by way of Feb. 28.

Stichweh, who died in 2019, had established a sequence of pastel items featuring fish motifs that Reichert rediscovered when she was assisting her mentor clean out her studio.

“When we went via that, she gave me all these slides,” Reichert reported. “I place them in the slide viewer, and it was all the fish collection.”

As a way to accept her mentor, Reichert made use of fish imagery as a leaping-off position for the new series of combined-media creations. From there, the artist let her creativeness run wild, incorporating other influences — like pop art, medieval artwork and both equally Christian and non-Western representations of fish — into the ultimate pieces, which make use of acrylic paint, pastel, chalk, material patterns and even glitter.

"If It's Too Insistent, It Wrecks The Balance" by Kelly Reichert

“Whatever functions for me, functions,” Reichert claimed of her vast assortment of components. “I don’t treatment if it’s large-dollar paint, or no matter whether it is some affordable, weird things I located in the clearance bin.”

Viewers who wander by the window gallery might not know the backstory, but that’s Alright with the artist.

“I just want (my art) to be ready to stand by yourself if you don’t know something about anything at all,” she reported. “Walking by, on the way to get your coffee — I want it to operate on that amount.”

It does.

All of the pieces on check out feature plump, colourful fish versus elaborately patterned backgrounds, but just about every specific do the job is distinct in its unique properties.

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