With the new year, the artists of these paintings would like to pay tribute to values that society does not typically reward: introspection, self expression, and finding joy in the little things. These pieces were made at art groups at the Poverello Center by residents there during the winter and summer of 2016. The artists found inspiration from poetry, life stories, and Montana’s landscape. Society prioritizes qualities that allow people to make money, while ignoring most others. Mark Rothko puts it this way: “It is a time of tons of verbiage, activity, consumption… many of those who are driven to this life are desperately searching for those pockets of silence where we can root and grow. We must all hope we find them.” In these paintings the artists hope to encourage the viewer to seek such pockets of silence.
The DDC is honored to work with Rachel Gehman, who coordinated and collected the artwork featured in Introspection. Please visit our Facebook event for details on the January 6th opening.