Jessica Silverman announces “Theresa Chromati: A Living Record ( Her Arrival Was Once Steps Taken )”, the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and in San Francisco, running from April 20 to May 27, 2023.
On view will be the American debut of one of her inventive bronze scrotum flower sculptures, A Life to be Lived within this Deep Breath ( I am with You as We Take This Step forward ) (2023). The exhibition will also include a suite of new, ambitious paintings in the artist’s signature abstract figurative style. These paintings continue to extrapolate from the source of Chromati’s “central figure”, a conceptual feminine spirit that inhabits each of her paintings in differing compositions and arrangements.
Inscribed with various meditative phrases, Chromati’s bronze sculpture stands freely, transforming a flowering or phallic structure with black petals at the top, moving into a yellow stem and vibrant red at the base. A recurring motif throughout her body of work, her scrotum flower is a kinship network that symbolizes the union of energies and vibrations, balancing delicate, robust, masculine and feminine energies all at once. The artist conceives of these scrotum flowers populating her creative universe as guardians of care for the “central figure,” ushering her forward in her journey of self-discovery and contemplation that balance the tensions and forces that lie within.
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