Angelica Neileen | Corrine Woodman Gallery I & II
Angelica Neileen, recently graduated from OSU art program shows some of her large scale acrylics on paper and smaller heavy encaustic.
Her current work explores opposing forces within femininity, a tension that relies heavily on both seen and implied contradistinction. As a woman and a mother, Neileen recognizes that feminine labels are often fraught with expectations of fragility, delicacy and defenselessness, which she references using images of birds. To confront these loaded narratives, Neileen’s work re-examines primeval notions of womanhood, where women— mothers in particular — are regarded as providers and fierce defenders; here her images point to predatory animals. But this visual ferocity is juxtaposed with images of breasts or innards, which stand in as metaphors for nurturance and accommodation. Neileen translates personal narratives into social commentary by illuminating loss, sacrifice, and unfulfilled ambitions in her subjects. Her work gives voice to women negotiating between what is wanted from them with what they themselves desire.
Neileen’s process is to work responsively to what begins as active colors: running, blending, and merging as she engages with undefined expectations of the paint. Surfaces of paper, canvas and panel allow the images to come and go as she works with both additive and subtractive means in mixed media. Ink, paint, and encaustics all contribute to the layers of media and as the images merge, so do the commentaries that are incorporated into each piece.
Angelica Neileen grew up with both midwest rural and suburban west coast influences and was a Waldorf teacher for many years before beginning to study as a Fine Arts major.