WELMONT is pleased to be hosting FIX, a group exhibition featuring the work of Rachael Tarravechia, Kalli Padgett, and Heather Norman on May 25th. The opening reception will be held on Friday, May 25th, from 6pm – 9pm. The event is free and open to the public. There will be beverages and appetizers served. WELMONT is located at 1930 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA.
We all have a fix, want a fix, or search to be fixed. Fix is a group show that explores the relationship between pop culture and media, luxury goods and the attached expectations, the stigma of mental illness, and the journey of humanity’s unconscious collective soul. Each work reveals a string of conversations: asking questions and discussing thoughts but never forcing answers.
Through using unique materials such as pill bottles, prescription medication sheets, glitter, fur, and vinyl text sheets, Tarravechia, Padgett, and Norman hone in on qualities that our society struggles with. Specifically, Tarravechia’s work simultaneously critiques and admires luxury goods while questioning the motivation behind buying these objects. Tarravechia’s paintings highlight the excess in the luxury goods marketplace by creating interior spaces filled with pattern, glitter, rhinestones, and fake opulence. The rooms are trying extremely hard to be overindulgent, but there is a lingering sense of emptiness amongst all the glamour. Padgett’s work breaks through the superficial threshold of society and illuminates a depth of human connectedness. Imagining a utopian society, Padgett entertains a possibility of perfect communication through a pure connection of human spirit. By merging the conflicting worlds of abstraction and realism, Padgett investigates the continuous hero’s journey of the collective human consciouness. She seeks for the viewers to discover a new childlike wonder in the experience of life’s mythological phenomenon Norman uses predominately black and white images made up of halftone patterns to reveal information about mental illness and its various causes, effects, and coping mechanisms. The work reveals facts about anxiety and depression rather than allowing people to be deceived by the negative connotations associated with mental illness.
Rachael Tarravechia, Neo Riche, 2018, Acrylic, rhinestones, glitter, paper, fur, foam, cloth on panel, 48” x 48”
Rachael Tarravechia (b. 1995, United States) will receive a B.F.A. in painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, in the spring of 2018. She has exhibited her work in exhibitions in Hong Kong, New York, France, and Georgia. Tarravechia will be relocating to New York City in the summer of 2018.
See more of Tarravechia’s work at www.tarravechia.com
Kalli Padgett, Genesis (detail image), 2018, Mixed media on panel, 48” x 64”
Kalli Padgett (b. 1995, United States) will receive a B.F.A. in painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, in the spring of 2018. She has exhibited her work in France, Georgia, Louisiana, and Colorado. Padgett will be relocating to New Orleans, Louisiana in the summer of 2018
See More of Padgett’s work at @kallipadgett.artpage
Heather Norman, Emotional, 2018, Inkjet, acrylic, and spray paint on wrapped canvas, 20” x 20”
Heather Norman (b. 1995, United States) will receive a B.F.A. in painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, in the spring of 2018. She has exhibited her work in exhibitions in France and Georgia. Norman will be relocating to Dallas, Texas in the summer of 2018.
See more of Norman’s work at www.heathernormanart.com