Presented by The Center
The Center Presents
Seeking the Light by Isabel Rucker
On view from December 20, 2018 - February 5, 2019
The Center Theater Gallery
Artist Talk: Dec 20 at 12PM
Solstice Celebration and Art Opening: Dec 21 5:30-7PM
Free & Open to the Community
“Seeking the Light” is a collection of recent large-scale watercolor paintings that are vibrant, abstract visions of the light spectrum and remembered places. The beauty of light is illustrated through the faceted lenses of the natural world, gemstones and memory.
Solstice Celebration and Art Opening for Isabel Rucker
Friday, December 21st | 5:30-7PM
The Center Theater Gallery
Gather at Center for the Arts for an early evening solstice gathering and art opening. Enjoy a house-made solstice-inspired cocktail by the fire pit, get a first glimpse of the latest collection of colorful paintings by visiting artist Isabel Rucker. Kids are invited to stop by and make a winter craft at the art activity table.
I like to create quiet opportunity to explore my memories of light, pattern and color. While moving through the world I collect visual snippets of life and it is when I can find moments of solitude that I am able to translate these to my artwork. In the past few years I have been working on large-scale abstract watercolor paintings that look at the world through a faceted and refracted lens.
I began this body of work a few years ago by focusing on the scattering of light and splitting of images that occur when light and eye meet crystalline objects such as gemstones and snowflakes. I work with water media on paper because it allows me to be able to layer transparent colors to illustrate these bits of light.
This year I have been expanding my paintings to include the color, light and patterns of remembered places. For example, this past spring I traveled to the Azores Islands off of mainland Portugal and was fascinated with the consistent pattern of matte terra cotta roof tiles next to a brilliant aquamarine sea and glowing green landscape. And this fall I spent a week in the Upper Green River Valley near Pinedale and became immersed in the sun illuminating the autumn colors like stained glass. I like to work abstractly so that my work becomes part of this natural world.
Isabel Rucker is a multi-disciplinary artist currently living in Pinedale, Wyoming. She works with sculptural materials, metals, painting and digital images. She has a professional background in jewelry design and metalsmithing and is currently studying to become a gemologist. In Pinedale, she owned Isabel Jewelry & Gallery, from 2010-2016, where she exhibited over 30 contemporary Wyoming artists and her own jewelry work. She shut the doors in order to return to making jewelry and artwork full-time and has recently been focusing on abstract painting and sculptural work. Past work includes a public sculpture Quartz, Mica, Feldspar, a graphic novel, Unfurling, drawn on a 450 foot long roll of paper, and daily metalwork projects in the jewelry studio. In 2017, Isabel was awarded an artist residency at the Jentel Foundation for her paintings; some of these will be included in an exhibit at the Center for the Arts in Jackson. She has lived and traveled throughout the USA and world and is deeply influenced by the visual memories of these places and their histories and cultures.