Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition, Lost & Found, New Works by Regina Scully.
Regina Scully’s new paintings, sculptures and works on paper continue to explore the microcosmic landscape or mindscape, and the personal journeys the viewer takes within her works. In Lost & Found, figures begin to populate the landscape. Through enhancing the figure, Scully begins to delve into the psychological elements one experiences on the journey. She refers to both the small trips we take in life as well as the larger journey of life itself.
During these journeys, there are feelings of being lost and also of finding one’s way. There are moments of feeling vulnerable and broken as well as times when we put ourselves back together and heal. We feel both lost and found throughout all of our journeys in life. Scully explores these ideas through her paintings and a new series of sculptures. Miniature sculpted figures interact with each other on tableaus and abstract 3-dimensional objects are placed within the scene. In some of her new paintings, figures are integrated into the landscape and in other pieces, bold figures charge across the landscape or dance with each other in prominent vignettes.
Scully has worked in a variety of sculptural media prior to devoting her pursuits primarily to painting. She often thinks of her painting as a 3-dimensional field she is going into with pieces of wire, cloth, objects, wood, and little parts that she has made. In this new body of work, the artist continues to push the conversation between representation and abstraction by incorporating pieces and parts of real objects in exploratory ways. Her sculptural elements and objects begin to represent 3-dimensional strokes of paint and 3-dimensional figures that feel painterly.
Regina Scully lives in New Orleans, Louisiana and was born in Norfolk, Virginia. She received her BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in Painting from University of New Orleans. She is a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant Award in 2017. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and had a solo exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art in 2017. Scully’s paintings are in private and public collections including 7 World Trade Center, the Microsoft Art Collection, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Collection, and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
This exhibition coincides with Art Beyond Art’s Sake, during which each gallery in the Arts District of New Orleans will donate a percentage of sales to a local nonprofit organization. Octavia Art Gallery and Regina Scully will be donating to the New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter, the city’s largest organization serving homeless women and children.