Storytelling is a participatory act for UNCG professor and artist Jennifer Helen Meanley, whose paintings entice subjects both real and imagined into a surreal place—a parallel world in formation.
The title “Far Away in the Meadow” comes from Ray Bradbury’s 1962 novel, Something Wicked This Way Comes. It is in that meadow where shadows flicker, “as if parts of someone’s life, yet unborn, were trapped there, waiting to be lived.” The landscapes of Meanley’s paintings, like Bradbury’s meadow, are somber and mysterious, taking shape before our eyes. Yet, strangely, their colors are rich and bright.
Part of 2014 Solo Series–Spring 2014 The Tragicomic: Jennifer Meanley and Eric Fertman
Explore the spectrum from tragic to comic, and all the mercurial shades in between. Meanley’s pathos-filled scenes in paintings and prints tell open-ended stories. Fertman’s sculpture abounds in humor and surprise, from parodic nods to high art to an exuberant sense of cartoon pop.
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