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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"The Great Deluge" - a solo multi-media exhibition by Doria Grace

Exhibition May 29th - June 22nd
Saturday, May 29th from 6-9! 

"The Great Deluge" is a multi-media exhibition by Doria Grace dealing with environmental issues related to water and the iconography of "Deluge" (flood) mythology. The exhibit will consist of a 25 foot mural made of paper and spray paint, large format digital photography and paining on canvas, as well as a time sensitive sculpture made of ice, water, clay, steel, masonite, and ink.

Artist Statement
Doria Grace is a multi-media artist who has been recreating her personal dream-imagery for over a decade. This exploration intensified in the year 2002 in the city of Montreal, Canada. At that time Doria's displacement from the tropical waters of her home in Florida prompted her to investigate the significance of water's reoccuring imagery in her work. During the 7 years she spent in the northeast surrounded by snow and ice, Doria began digging deep into the dreams and memories of her lifelong engagement with large bodies of water. Doria Grace started by first confronting her emotional body, her childhood self, which had long resided in the Deep South, filled with folklore, mystery and horror. Those first few series of underwater self-portraits pertained to the abjection of the body, the mystical, the fantastical, and the autobiographical and also called upon Doria's childhood memory of full body submersion-baptism in the Southern Baptist Church.

Over the past few years Doria Grace has moved on to look at water as a signifier on a more global scale. Her research has taken her into ancient “deluge” (or flood) mythologies, which can be traced back to every culture, from Judeo-Christian to American Indian. Those stories resonate with Doria at this particular point in time due to the impending threat of our modern day ice caps melting. This, her fourth solo show, demands awareness while investigating the theoretical and imagined impact that the melted water from our ice caps would have upon our coast lines and major cities throughout the world.

As a multi-media artist Doria Grace utilizes large format digital prints, graffiti, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and video to envelop the viewer in a sublime world wholly her own. One filled with grace, mystique, and elegance. Although her early work and self-portraits sometimes offer a fleeting glimpse of a sinking subject, there is no apparent threat, danger, or urgency. She drifts through a serene, womb-like garden of ephemeral emotion in calm control, yet maintains a subtle vulnerability. For Doria Grace the ancient element of water signifies and embodies all that is hidden behind the veil of consciousness, and in which she explores that which lies beneath the surface.

Doria Grace is an artist, curator, graphic and interior designer, art instructor, and stylist consultant. She has exhibited and promoted shows in such metropolitan areas as Los Angeles, Boston, Montreal, as well as Warwick's Museum of Art in Rhodes Island, and all throughout her home state of Florida. Her work is featured in private collections throughout the United States, as well as Germany, Canada, and most recently by the Cambridge Research Institute faculty in England. 

www.fullcirclefwb.com Full circle Gallery is a contemporary and inspirational art space. Unique to the Fort Walton Beach area, we offer an array of artistic workshops and feature the works of regional artists in our gallery.

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