When is artwork done well? When it evokes an emotional connect between you and the image and ties us back to the core of the individual in relation to the rest of the world. In the case of Mystics and Mandalas, 70 South Gallery’s 22nd Exhibition, the featured artists Delia Quigley and Anne-Marie Caruso take you on a journey that looks at what is the self and what is it to be human? Through their work, they offer a way to understand ourselves better as well as explore the notions and compartments in which we often find ourselves being defined.
Delia’s work, Divine Mandalas, Your Journey Within, is born from a background steeped in studying scriptures, practicing yoga, and mindful meditation for over 30 years. Delia skillfully weaves together this background with a shaman’s photographic vision. Through the use of Mandalas, which symbolizes an unbroken circle, she has created a field guide for those looking to clarify, understand and resolve some of biggest challenges we face. Divine Mandalas is an interactive exhibition that allows one to use Delia’s mandalas to examine a situation you may be facing and get clarity on Actions you can take, Challenges to overcome, and Tools to assist you in overcoming these obstacles.
Anne-Marie’s work, which is created in almost a meditative process uses large format film camera (4×5) built in 1950 to create her images. Her work is compelling, sublime and precise. Anne-Marie’s process can take weeks in preparation to find the perfect prop and location before she takes click of the shutter. Her images are microcosms of the real world. They explore the full range of our lives; aging, nostalgia, femininity and the self. Having earned her BFA Summa Cum Laude from Montclair State University, Anne-Marie has been working as a professional photographer since 2006.
We invite you to come and be inspired spiritually and visually!!