DREA COFIELD | LOTUS EATERS
September 13 – october 27, 2018
Reception: Thursday, september 13, 2018, 6 – 8 PM
Nancy Margolis Gallery is pleased to announce Drea Cofield’s first solo exhibition at the gallery, Lotus Eaters. The show will be on view September 13th through October 27th, 2018, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 13th from 6-8pm.
Cofield’s new body of work—comprising oil paintings and ink drawings—pulls inspiration from literary sources, including the story of the Lotus Eaters from Homer’s Odyssey. In the epic poem, the hero Odysseus encounters a tribe of lotus-eaters as he is returning to Ithaka. The flowers and fruits overcame those who ate them with lethargy and a blissful forgetfulness. Cofield expanded on this ancient metaphor of forgetting cultural rules to depict what she calls “an amoral Eden,” where nude figures exist and interact with one another in a hedonistic, alternate reality. Instead of illustrating Homer’s story literally, Cofield developed a mythological voice of her own to describe her fictitious world and the characters who inhabit it.
Anne Canfield is based in Philadelphia, PA. She paints and draws on a tiny, intimate scale inspired by the detail of naturalism. Starting with a tight drawing, often working from a memory, an image or an element of film, Canfield creates a narrative that reveals a solitary place or quiet moment. Following the most time intensive part of the process, the initial drawing, the painting begins. Canfield favors an appealing palette of bright, saturated color, adding a dreamy quality to the domestic scenes and landscapes. These jewel-like paintings, in spite of their size, command attention equal to a much larger work, each becoming a small window captivating the viewer into a magical world.