Between a Rock and a Soft Place: Emily Gherard

18 Jul

Rocks are hard.  Anyone whose ever stepped on one knows this.  But I can remember a dream I once had as a little girl sleeping with a rock as my pillow.  Seattle artist Emily Gherard’s paintings provide us with a different way of seeing these often immovable objects.

Untitled, oil on canvas

Untitled, oil on canvas, 30×32

Gherard presents us with rocks, mountains and cliff faces that though they are rigid to the touch, these stones are vulnerable.  The smallest crack can create a weak point, endangering the stability of the structure.

Untitled, oil on canvas, 30×32

We thinks of rocks as unyielding and impenetrable, yet they are shaped over time by the elements.  It may take eons to see the change but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t taking place.

Untitled, oil on canvas, 30×32

Untitled, oil on canvas on panel, 9×12

To see more of Emily Gherad’s work, please visit her website.  If you’re in the Seattle area, you can see her work in person at the Francine Seders Gallery.

2 Responses to “Between a Rock and a Soft Place: Emily Gherard”

  1. Marissa July 18, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    I live just down the hill from the gallery–definitely going to walk up to see more! I love the colour tones of all of these dreamy paintings🙂

    • Lesley July 19, 2012 at 7:09 am #

      Oh lucky you! Be sure and report back, Marissa!😉

      Cheers,
      Lesley

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