The Idea

A Window Story

For the writers, the painters, the musicians, and the artists of any kind, creative energy multiplies when the human condition is pressed to its edge.

 

While our outside world is shut down, our inner worlds are stirring.

 

Not wanting to wait for things “to change”, Renaissance Woman is reimagining how to use the distance and the restrictions to curate experiences in the present moment.

 

On New Year’s Eve 2020, we opened a “window story” art exhibition in The RW Studio that will run until it ends (like what I did there ;). We’re featuring three elements – a painting, a writer’s musing, and a mini film documenting the creative process.

 

Focused on what we can do. Collaborating. Open and flexible to adapt. In a flow state. Choosing options with the most ease. We took an idea to a show opening in less than a month’s time.

An artistic metaphor for what’s coming

The writer

In the words of Kristin Gracie

Craving to welcome 2021 feeling empowered and inspired, a curious writer called on her surrealist muse to explore a question that centuries of women before us have sat with …

"what can we do while
all we're hearing is what we can't do?"

And so a seed was planted, begging to blossom something far bigger and far brighter than this lingering unfamiliar moment in time.

 

Eve is an artistic metaphor offering to take you from a routine passing (sharply focused on your planned journey) to stop and notice her.

 

Her – this mysteriously coy, yet vibrantly colorful essence sitting in the window tempting you to look closer and ask …

how does she make me feel?
who is she?
and what is her purpose?

There’s something about the presence she creates. 

 

Something new and refreshing. Yet something familiar and dark.

 

It’s as if she’s promising to reveal a secret to a universe you don’t even know exists, yet there’s an unidentifiable sense you’ve already been there.

 

‘Eve’ is a representation of all that is possible when the beautiful aspects of the feminine are listened to with adventurous curiosity and trusted without weighted hesitation.

 

It’s her intuition guided by her curiosity to feel, to touch, to create from a sense of freedom and ease and cooperation.

It’s a flow, it’s a dance, it’s a voice that resides deep in her heart longing to be heard.

Eve is a calling to transform the imposed limitations through the lens of opportunity to try something new, to reimagine what is possible, and to redefine how you make it possible.

photo credit: Alex Baker

photo credit: Alex Baker

The Painter

“What I’m aiming for is to record the emotions I have on the day … letting my subconscious talk through the brush by keeping only the brushstrokes I feel an immediate connection with, and rubbing away anything that seems out of place.

 

I can’t really plan beyond my two starting photos as everything needs to be an ‘in the moment’ response to each brushstroke.”

– Surrealist Painter, Bay Backner

‘Eve’ 

73×116 cm oil paint and embroidery on canvas

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