Irvine, Calif. — On Wednesday, November 6th, artist Rachel Leising Soo will present on her watercolor mixed media paintings featured in the new art exhibition titled Overflow. The reception and lecture will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the John and Linda Friend art gallery in Concordia University Irvine’s Grimm Hall.
Overflow art exhibition will be in the gallery through December 4th and involves watercolor mixed media paintings that were produced by examining her memories, perceptions and personal relationships. Soo’s examination was a ‘visceral and instinctive experience’ shaped by recent travels and significant life altering events. Soo’s favorite pieces are entitled Overflow and Eruption, shown here.
“The origin of this series of paintings can be traced to a daily artist’s journal,” Soo recounts in her artist statement. “I experimented with watercolor washes, and drawing with ink, colored pencil or charcoal. A few of these images led me to begin an exploration of a similar style and a combination of media on a larger scale. I allowed specific personal events or emotions to guide my color selections, forms and strokes.”
Soo further outlined her techniques stating, “I responded to these initial watercolor forms by segmenting the painting. The last step included drawing with ink to manipulate the composition. White/negative spaces were used to affect the balance of the paintings, as these areas act as major forms within the compositions."
“We are delighted to be able to exhibit Professor Soo's intriguing watercolors in our gallery on campus,” explains curator, Niclas Kruger. “They show a side of Professor Soo's versatile creativity in addition to her specialized field digital media on the computer.”
About the Artist
Rachel Leising Soo received a B.F.A. in Commercial Art at Concordia University,Seward, Nebraska and an M.F.A. in Integrated Visual Art, at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Soo is an associate professor and co-chair of the Art Department at Concordia University Irvine. More information can be found on her website: http://www.rachelleisingsoo.com/. The Overflow exhibition is currently featured on Concordia’s Art Exhibitions and Lectures 2013-2014 web page.
About Concordia University Irvine
Concordia University Irvine prepares students for their vocations—their calling in life. CUI offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and adult degree programs in a beautiful Southern California location, with online and regional cohort options. Concordia’s undergraduate program is distinctive among universities in California because of its nationally recognized Core Curriculum, and its Lutheran heritage that provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out the theology of "Grace Alone. Faith Alone."
Concordia is a U.S.News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master's institutions. CUI enrolls over 4,000 students.
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