Opening Reception for Canopy by Susan McAlister at Les Yeux du Monde Gallery
September 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
LYDM is thrilled to announce Canopy, an exhibition of new work by celebrated gallery artist Susan McAlister. Guided by a profound reverence for the natural world, McAlister’s work speaks to the sacred nature of place and the layered histories of a given site. Join the opening with the artist on Friday, September 15 from 5-7pm. The exhibition runs from September 15-October 29 and LYDM gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 1-5pm or by appointment.
McAlister’s process, deeply rooted in the tradition of en plein air, begins outdoors as she sketches, paints, and collects artifacts, which then inform her studio practice. Found materials from the outdoors in her Canopy works include: charcoal left from a wildfire, soil from several significant historic sites, feathers, insects and shapes taken from a myriad of storm-felled trees.
The multidimensional assemblages McAlister makes with these found artifacts become both beautiful artistic expressions and captivating records of the places that inspired them. The artist’s abstract works are similarly conceived and grounded, beginning with forms she gathers from the outdoors. Dances of color and shape, these pieces evoke the patterns, rhythms, and motion of nature, and communicate the essence of the places from which they came. In her richly layered and textured landscapes, McAlister conveys the interplay of color, light, and atmosphere in ways that foster profound appreciation for the natural world.