We installed Judith Brassard Brown‘s exhibition, From the Ground Up, on Tuesday, and we celebrate it tonight at First Friday from 5 to 8 pm. Its diverse range of landscapes, some more abstract than others, tell a cohesive story of light, texture, color, and space. Some scenes allow for you to move through them, optically traveling in their curves and shadows, and others have a frenetic energy that remains on the surface, alluding to the shock of actual natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, or to emotional ones such as the loss of a loved one.
The emotional density of the works remind us of how we are all tied the earth–literally and metaphorically–through whatever changes may take place. Finding the universals that connect us can be what helps us through difficult times. Moving past trauma requires us to feel and move through, rather than avoid, the pain. Brown’s paintings serve as spaces to sense such impact.
Indeed, a compelling aspect of the show is the emotional density of the paintings. Vulci #14 is one of the darker, haunting pieces. “It is one of my ‘source’ paintings, a hidden place where people came to replenish from the time of the Etruscans to the present…and probably before. To me, it’s about privacy, retreat, and the sensation of loss,” says
Brown. Other paintings, like Escaping Blue, are lyrical, capturing momentary shifts in the sky.