Cindy Lisica Gallery presents the newest paintings by the celebrated Houston artist Catherine Colangelo. “Everyday Sorcery” refers to her roles of artist and mother, and this body of work was created during an especially tumultuous time. While the pieces are rich in personal symbolism, the “outsider” may not be privy to the stories behind the images. Colangelo takes us on a powerful visual journey that stems from her own personal relationships. With her son becoming a teenager and “leaving the nest”, the days of being a physical protector to a child are gone. She works through life’s issues with a splendid process resulting in vibrant colors, refined forms, and careful layering of gouache on muslin.
Colangelo’s visual vocabulary includes metaphysical and symbolic images of protection. Familiar to followers of her past work, the all-seeing eyes persist, as well as mazes, masks and veils, which serve to confuse those spirits with bad intent. Further dimension is added with “Mom” rattles, to be shaken in the dark. Strong directional currents merge in estuaries. Heliotropes are bright colored flowers that grow toward light, and, according to the artist: “Paintings reflect unexpected elements and bittersweet emotions. For example, kites are an emblem of childhood potential. Kites can soar high, take unpredictable twists and turns, crash to the ground, or even grow an unexpected number of tails. Life is funny that way.” Intuitively painted with colorful patterns, the work functions as protective talismans and examines the uplifting power of color and the creative process during emotional periods in our lives.
Artist Bio: After completing her BFA in Painting from The Cooper Union in New York City in 1992, Catherine Colangelo returned to her native Houston. She received Individual Artist Grant Fellowships from the Houston Arts Alliance in 2007 and 2011, was a Hunting Prize finalist in 2010 and 2014, and an Artadia Award finalist in 2017. She was selected by Bill Arning from over 1000 entrants to be included in New American Paintings, No. 102, and appears in the West Issue, No. 126, juried by Claire C. Carter, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work has appeared in many museums and galleries, and she has held major local solo exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center, The Jung Center, and Art League Houston. Colangelo’s impressive work is found in significant international private and corporate collections, including the Four Seasons Hotel (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Fidelity Investments (Boston), and Sidley Austin LLP (Houston). She has also been featured in Art in America, Glasstire, Houstonia, Houston Press, Art Houston, Visual Art Source, Voyage Houston, The Austin Chronicle and The Houston Chronicle.