Kirk Hopper Fine Art presents Keri Oldham: "Night Fortress" opening reception
Kirk Hopper Fine Art will present a solo exhibition by artist Keri Oldham entitled, “Night Fortress.” The exhibit, Oldham’s newest series depicts haunted-house looking fortresses and female warriors that draw on medieval art, folk stories and quilting traditions.
Oldham’s paintings often depict chained citadels, a cross between castles, crime scenes and haunted houses. These structures are storybook like and act as metaphors for fear and our often haunted past. The artist is interested in storytelling and draws on a variety of folk stories, symbols and biblical illusions including the Tower of Babel, Judith and Holofernes, Bluebeard, and tarot.
In particular, the show explores traditions forged by women and their influence on communal histories especially in the form of quilting. As quilts took time to make, were often created in social groups, and were passed down to family members both as objects and techniques, they have a particular resonance with the establishment of home and tradition. Many of the paintings in this series include quilt-like borders to represent homemaking, healing, and protection.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through September 22.