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WVC alumnus Nikolas Penny’s sculptural mixed-media paintings show the evidence of the exploratory, and sometimes painful, process of their making. Stretched canvases are adorned with various non-traditional materials and display his many talents of painting and work with textiles. As pieces are destroyed and repaired, their resulting scars make them ever more beautiful and poignant.
These paintings aren’t permanent. The way they look is accidental—a process of continual discovery and evolution. I will ruin them and repair them again, and I won’t grieve over what was lost in previous iterations. This process seems to be what makes them alive to me. They can be destroyed more thoroughly than anytime I can remember, and they are re-born in a better form, scars and all. Their outward appearance is only a record of my sublimation.
Even when I fear that I’m making them more ugly, eventually something new and beautiful arrests me. My intention turns, and I rebuild around what I’ve re-fallen in love with. I attach myself to these moments the way a child clings to a precious object. No matter how abused and how heavily needing repair the object, it is worth the investment in the eye of the one who clings to it.
Eventually, I created categories and that made this project a schizophrenic one, so what was naturally one became many. I was asking the question ‘what?’ over, and over, and over, and over… until I was lost in bucket of broken Russian nesting dolls. Then, I started looking at how, over time, material is indifferent to traditions and traditions are indifferent to their materials. And as I ran out of time to change them before I hung them, it seemed the less attention I paid to time the more I attended to ethos.
MAC Gallery Wenatchee Valley College Music and Art Center 1300 Fifth Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801
1300 Fifth Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801 Phone: (509) 682-6800