Local artist’s exhibition opens philosophical doors
December 9, 2017
By Nearby News Staff
Mixed-media artist Charmagne Coe loves making abstract metaphors. Her upcoming solo exhibition, titled “Pan Door,” is all about stripping away layers to try to find deeper meanings. She said her work is meant to show the human experience of opening doors in oneself and discovering new things about ourselves.
The exhibition features an array of surreal drawings and paintings in watercolor, ink and pastel. Coe calls it “expressive surrealism” and says the foundations of her work are “love and egalitarianism.”
“Coe’s unhindered style, luminous color palette, sinuous lines and delicate forms lure the viewer in where they can further examine and reflect upon themselves,” said curator Nicole Royse of Royse Contemporary Gallery, where “Pan Door” will be on view.
The artist described viewing the works in “Pan Door” as being like opening doors. “Behind each one you may see the shifting of a paradigm, the rich dynamics within a relationship, accepted pain and/or the pursuit of joy,” Coe said.
Coe received her bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in elementary education with a minor in fine arts. Her work has been shown a number of places, including the ASU Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona Opera, the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, and the Coconino Center for the Arts, and has been featured in publications such as Luxe Interiors + Design and Creative Quarterly.
“Pan Door” opens with an artist’s reception from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, January 11 at Royce Contemporary gallery, 7077 E. Main Street, Suite 6, in Old Town Scottsdale. The exhibition runs through February 3. For more information, call 602-810-3449 or visit roysecontemporary.com.