The exhibition “Revelation,” 18 pastel and mixed media works by Virmarie DePoyster previously exhibited at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, opens Friday, Dec. 3, at Argenta Gallery in North Little Rock.
DePoyster uses pages from Bibles and other sources as a background for thorny stems and as structures for objects in her work, draws landscapes from her native Puerto Rico and creates abstractions. Much of her work is in a vibrant palette of highly saturated yellows, blues and oranges. (You can also see this in her work hanging from the Public Parking Deck on Main Street, where her long ballerina banner hangs.) Here’s what she says about “Revelation”:
In these works, words manifest as layers of my past that shape my current human experience; I explore issues of spirituality, identity, and human connection within the context of the natural world, the source of my passion and inspiration. Each piece has as its base layer printed words that have been lifted from the Bible or other sources that are personally meaningful. In some of the paintings, the printed layers are clearly visible, and in others, they are obscured; in this way, I delve into the meaningful selectivity we use in deciding which layers of our personal stories we will share with others and which we will withhold. As always, color is a technique, a tool, and a language I use to emphasize an overall mood. Abstracting the subject matter, manipulating shapes, and incorporating texture that evokes an emotional response unify these paintings, however diverse. At first glance, it may be these elements that capture the viewer’s eye, but with closer observation, the words arise from the background and therein the deepest layer of each piece, both literally and symbolically, is revealed.
There will be a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on opening night, and DePoyster will talk about her work and her life as an immigrant from Puerto Rico who ended up in El Dorado, Ark. The show will be up through Jan. 4. Argenta Gallery is at 413 Main St. in downtown North Little Rock.