Presenting her new figurative "paper paintings" for the first time, Regina Davidson partners with her mentor, Lisa Jennings, in this two-person exhibition titled "True to Her Own Voice."
Exhibition runs summer through September 5, 2017
A Nashville native, Regina graduated with a BFA from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. Following a career in commercial photography and design, to running her own faux finishing business for many years, Regina began an exploration into a materials-based method of painting with hand-pigmented papers. Under the guidance of her mentor, Lisa Jennings, Regina's powerful figurative portraits reflect her study of the human form, its strength and its beauty.
Regina says her "best pieces come about freely and without a deadline or agenda. Deep within myself there is no one telling me what to paint or how to paint it. There is no pressure to sell or be validated and no struggle between my materials and me; there is just me with the work. When I can tap into that place within myself where there are no critics, I can truly be creative. That is when I am free to be an artist. it sounds simple, but it is the hardest thing for me to do. I strive to get better at it with each piece."
Regina is thankful to her mentor, Lisa Jennigns, a nationally-respected mixed media artist, as evidenced by this statement that hands on the walls of their exhibition, "Together, Lisa and I have formed a beautiful friendship as she coaches and supports me to this day. there is not a week that goes by without my learning something new from her. Everyone deserves to have such a wonderful and giving mentor in his or her life."
Lisa Jennings dedicates her work in this exhibition to all who have invested their energy into a mentorship, whether they have received training or offered it. For nearly two years, she has mentored Regina Davidson and Regina's exhibition is composed entirely of art papers hand-pigmented by Lisa. Lisa's work is composed from her own pigmented papers as well as found objects, thread, wood, and rock. Lisa's body of work for "True to Her Own Voice" references a particular time in her life experienced by metaphorical "hills and valleys." The light and dark places she has visited are reflected in her chosen imagery. A dramatic painting titled "In Pursuit of Life's Dreams" shows honeybees in flight. She compares her experience of life to that of a honeybee. It seems impossible that their tiny wings can carry their bodies aloft, much as she is amazed at her own achievements. For more than twenty years, Lisa has worked as a professional artist, but her love of exploring and harvesting Nature's bounty began when she was a child in upstate New York. Combing the woods and creeks near her childhood home, she and her siblings sought out natural clay to bring home for her mother, her first art teacher. With a thankful heart, Lisa recalls where almost every piece of wood or stone used in her paintings and sculptures were found, or who gave them to her. Her materials have been found in creek beds and riverbanks in Tennessee or Arkansas, trips out West, or during studies overseas.
Lisa's work is represented in collections including the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and the Ghandi Institute for Nonviolence in Rochester, New York, the Tennessee State Museum, and the private collection of Vice President Al Gore, Jr. Locally, she is represented by Leiper's Creek Gallery.
More about Lisa Jennings can be found at lisajenningsart.com. Her next exhibition is this fall at L Ross Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee | September 8 – 30 | Reception: September 8, 6-8 pm.
The public is invited to a free reception celebrating this two-person exhibition, "TRUE TO HER OWN VOICE" in the Marnie Sheridan Gallery on Sunday, August 27th from 3:00 - 5:30 pm.