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“Figments” by Caia Koopman at Distinction Gallery
Artist Caia Koopman, she was preparing for her 2012 exhibition “Behind Wind and Water” featuring her colorful, tattooed characters. Almost a year in the making, her new series of paintings, “Figments”, opens October 7th at Distinction Gallery. She will display a mixture of her usual motifs and themes, inspired by love, loss and connections. Animal rights and environmentalism are political topics of importance for Koopman which she lightens up with splashes of color. Animals, especially birds, and mythical creatures are often combined with emotional symbols of personal meaning. Her work for “Figments” is a bit brighter in hue, which she contrasts with more black than in previous shows. The show will boast an impressive twenty paintings in addition to miniatures. Koopman talks about her subjects as if they were real, feisty little birds and girls who challenge her as she paints. She shares, “I’ve incorporated love and music and looked a little deeper into our connections with nature. I paint in bright colors, contrasting with black, I use an idealized female character to tell a story and express emotion.”
And then I cried a flood of tears as if I really were a mermaid who had absorbed too much sea into herself. […] My tears poured out of me and he drank them down his throat. He drank them in gulps deep into himself, swallowing sorrow.
“Someday,” he said, “when we are ready, I will give you back your tears.”
There’s a shield around us
tell me how is it you’ve found us
cause we hide our tracks & watch the ground
our footfalls they don’t make a sound
we’ve cursed the names of our hometowns
we’re compassless & nowhere bound