Solo Exhibition: Fairy Tales & Other Stories
October 4-28, 2018
the Upstream Gallery, 8 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
I am pleased to write this interview of the artist Louise Cadoux. She will exhibit mixed media wall hangings and three-dimensional sculpture in a solo exhibition (October 4-28, 2018) at the Upstream Gallery, 8 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. The exhibition is titled Fairy Tales & Other Stories and includes amazing mixed media wall hangings and clay sculpture that interpret the fairy tale theme. Meet the artist at the exhibition reception, Sunday, October 7th, 2-5 pm. Regular Upstream Gallery hours are Thursday to Sunday, 12:30-5:30 pm. For information and gallery directions, call 914.674.8548 or visit the Upstream Gallery website.
The image above is the wall hanging titled Hansel & Gretel, made with clay, driftwood, branches and wire mesh. It’s 25 inches wide and 40 inches high. The artist says she wanted this work to look a little ominous as a warning to Hansel and Gretel: “Don’t go this way! Can’t you see this is Wicked Witch territory?” Cadoux created flowers for the hanging, made out of mesh and clay that are meant to look like mutated octopuses, and then she created another layer in the work that includes pieces of mesh that looks like cobwebs.
Cadoux says the wall hangings are light enough to move as people walk by, and can create shadows on the walls. She hopes the shadows and movement also conjure a sense of the mystery of the fairy tale story.
When I asked about the theme, Cadoux said, “The theme and the works emerged in the process of exploring new works with wire in my studio following my last gallery exhibition.” She said the wire became a drawing as it developed into a wall hanging. She thought one wire drawing looked like vegetation, because it made her think of plants growing up around the castle in the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. She created a second wire drawing that reminded her of the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel because it communicated the nightmare sense of being lost in the woods. A third wire drawing reminded her of the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. Cadoux created sculptures to accompany the wall hangings to complete the fairy tale stories.
The image above is a sculpture titled The Tortoise and the Hare. It is one of 20 new works in the exhibition and is made with clay and wire, paint and varnish. The Tortoise is 26” x 17” x 11” The Hare is 24” x 15” x 5”. The sculpture bases are cast in concrete and also painted.
Cadoux created the sculptures from clay, wire and paper clay, and they vary in size from 12 inches to 36 inches tall. The exhibition also includes wall hangings with 3D elements that are about 25 inches wide and 36-60 inches high and made with diverse elements, including wire mesh, wire, wood, hardwood and clay. Some elements are painted.
Louise Cadoux says we create the stories of our lives.
Cadoux thinks fairy tales colored her childhood and helped shape the person she is today. She said: “We are, after all, the stories we’ve created about ourselves.”
The image above is a sculpture titled The Curious Otter. It’s made with clay, wire, paint and varnish. The Curious Otter is 12” x 17” x 4”. Cadoux thinks otters are playful and said she wondered why she’d never read a story about a curious otter, so decided one of the works in this exhibition should be an otter – because they’re so playful.
Visit the exhibition (October 4-28, 2018) and see for yourself.