The Most Unworthy Flower
River’s edge gallery is proud to present “Nocturnal Garden” new works by Audrey Pongracz.
“The Nocturnal Garden” marks her first solo show.
River’s Edge Gallery 10 years ago. A sweet young lady brought in some art. There she met with Patt Slack founder and owner of REG. Immediately Ms Slack was drawn to her work immediately. Patt was able to see that Audrey was a self-taught artist, bound and determined to learn and grow and develop her craft. Audrey is known for her narrative figurative oil painting ranging from playful pop culture imagery to some more serious commentaries on motherhood and faith. This current series of paintings explore personal growth, conquering mental pitfalls, portraying the hidden beauty of darkness and triumph over personal battles.
Audrey transcends the regular idea of “pop art” or “low brow” idealisms even though self taught. Audrey studies classic painting style as well as her contemporary painters. On the surface a portrait, female figure for the most part is the focal image in recognizable landscapes and conceptual hairdos.
The Nocturnal Garden
The title of the show is inspired by Audrey’s years of severe insomnia. During those years I spent so much time alone at night, and I eventually found significance in those dark times after all the toiling. I grew a lot and found beauty and purpose in those sleepless nights.
Included for the first time, Audrey has created some small personal watercolors. Pongracz has been experimenting with watercolors for a couple years. When her son was young they would paint watercolors together. painting with watercolors. It proved very therapeutic. The fluid and unpredictable effects of how watercolors can behave, is a big step away from my oil painting process. “I will have a few small watercolor pieces in the show”.
“I’ve been showing with River’s Edge for 10 years now. They gave me my first chance in the art world. They’ve been very important to me, and have a special place in my heart. As much work as a solo show is it’s very fitting to be showing this collection with them.” says Pongracz.
“The Nocturnal Garden” series represents the thoughts and feelings of dealing with mental disorders.
“I’ve struggled with a variety of mental issues most of my life, and painting has always been very therapeutic for me so I tend to be able work through them during the process. The series concentrates more on the past 5-6 years, mostly because of the extreme lows and actual breakthroughs I’ve encountered. I found much comfort and strength through the scriptures of the Bible, so this series is more like a spiritual journey through my struggles.”
“The Nocturnal Garden” opens May 13th at 6pm. Join us for a special evening celebrating Ms Pongracz first solo show and her newest series of works.