“This series of sculptures, drawings and paintings were, in great part, brought about as a response to the many disconcerting and unbelievable circumstances that have become commonplace recently. It has been difficult to create artwork in the midst of unprecedented disquiet, so these pieces were attempts to use the frustration and uncertainty we have been facing as a form of small resistance and personal countermeasure.“
Jessica Dalva is a sculptor and illustrator, living and working in the Bay Area of California. She uses a variety of materials and techniques, many of which stem from her work as a fabricator for film and television. Many of her pieces feature elements repurposed from their past lives; bits of fabric, metal, and timber collected from antique fairs or gathered from the woods.
“The era of girls is now. Girls aren’t afraid to be obvious. Girls aren’t afraid to be naughty. Girls aren’t afraid to be girls. Today’s girl is an emerging phenomenon. What is her secret ingredient? It’s not only about being treated equally, it’s about being strong, present – a “wonder woman.” The powerful femininity arising now is a direct translation of the yin energy that I idolize. My work comes from someplace subliminal… a magical realm. It’s the unknown where I like to go. The characters that have been inhabiting my dreams are all here. As if I’ve been holding my breath and this is the first, fullest exhalation…Girls, Girls, Girls. Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman is a self-taught figurative and contemporary surrealist painter who combines 14th century painting techniques and magic realism to create pieces that appear to glow from within. Celebrating the hard-earned wisdom of childhood, she depicts subjects that are often young, hauntingly innocent, and teetering on the edge of naïveté.”
Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman is a self-taught figurative painter who uses modified oil and egg tempera techniques of the 14th Century Old Masters to create magical realism works that appear to glow from within.
Celebrating the hard-earned wisdom of childhood, Sullivan-Beeman depicts subjects who are often young, hauntingly innocent, and teetering on the edge of naïveté. She uses her personal dream journal to provoke her artwork, exploring Jung’s collective unconscious with an overt curiosity for the bizarre and the esoteric, especially alchemy and the tarot. Her work has been shown at Aqua Art Miami, FL; C Emerson Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, FL; Corey Helford Gallery and La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; Stephen Romano Gallery and Gristle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; Phylogeny Contemporary, Seattle, WA; Greg Moon Art in Taos, NM.; Merlino Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy and Art! Vancouver, BC, Canada