Reckless Abandon

April 7, 2023 - May 26, 2023

Beth Owen

"Reckless Abandon" is an exhibition featuring the works of AV* Represented Artist Beth Owen, whose abstract paintings are a reflection of her journey towards self-healing. For Beth, creating art is an outlet away from the responsibilities of daily life, and the title of the exhibition is a nod to the feeling she experiences while working on her art. Her paintings are characterized by a lackadaisical quality that visually represents the freedom she experiences while creating.

Beth's works are highly textured, with layers of colors and shapes that evoke an emotional response from the viewer. Her abstract expressionist style, which is influenced by her background in art history and the vibrant colors and pigments of ancient Mesoamerican art, is a reflection of her desire for creative expression. She primarily works with acrylic, watercolor, and oil paint, using the latter for its glossy and reflective quality.

Through her paintings, Beth explores issues such as memory, spirituality, and movement, often incorporating personal references and literary or cultural influences into her work. Her use of layered textures and shapes allows the viewer to experience the selective nature of personal storytelling, highlighting the ways in which we choose to reveal or withhold aspects of our lives to others.

"Reckless Abandon" invites viewers to experience the freedom and joy of creative expression, as Beth does in her art. The exhibition provides a forum for reflection on the importance of finding outlets for self-expression and the role that art can play in the healing process.