Lynda Frese to Release “Pacha Mama: earth realm”

May 17, 2011 by Fawn Roy  
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Lynda Frese, will be releasing her book Pacha Mama: earth realm this summer with the support of an ATLAS (Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) grant.  The book will include 30 artworks, Sanskrit prayers, essays about nature from noted healers Kathi von Koerber and Michele Baker, and poetry written for this project by Darrell Bourque, Louisiana’s poet laureate.

In the Pacha Mama: earth realm series, Lynda Frese uses her own photography (digital and film-based) and other found printed material and combines these with egg tempera painting. Most of the works are on birch-wood and are the size of large books. Transparent layers of antique pigments from Northern Italy, once used to repair church frescoes, are painted over the printed collage images. The powdered pigments from the earth are mixed with egg yolks, providing an organic connection with a specific ecological community.

Lynda Frese’s Pacha Mama: earth realm series imagines a set of religious iconography using ideas borrowed from the Italian Renaissance and comments upon indigenous ideas about the “end time,” a prophecy shared by many cultures about the end of the natural cycle that is upon us. The series draws on these sources to examine the popular meme of the apocalypse and its archtypal images of destruction and rebirth. The work recognizes how Nature teaches us, feeds us, cleans us and mends us throughout time. Combining beliefs about the apocalypse of the feminine earth with equally surreal and enigmatic images of the Virgin Mother Mary, the artist rediscovers the root meaning of the word apocalypse as the “uncovering.” The Saints and the Nature Spirits join forces with the South American earth goddess Pachamama. She appears as a divine entity, warming us, warning us, offering redemption, and proffering enchantment.

The series Pacha Mama: earth realm will be presented at Red Bud Galley in Houston, Texas in May and at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana in November, 2011.

Frese is currently a BORSF endowed Professor of Art at UL Lafayette.

Opening Reception Saturday, May 7, 6-8pm.

Pacha Mama: earth realm by Lynda Frese

May 7 – 29, 2011

Red Bud Gallery

303 East 11th Street, Houston, TX

713-862-2532

Lynda Frese Receives ATLAS Grant

September 28, 2010 by Fawn Roy  
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Artist Lynda Frese from the UL Lafayette Department of Visual Arts was awarded an ATLAS (Louisiana Artists and Scholars) grant for the publication of her art book Pacha Mama: Earth Realm.  The series explores archetypes of the apocalypse, rebirth and our relationships with Nature, using photography and egg tempera painting.  Contributors include Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque, Indigenous-based healer Kathi Von Koerber and Yogi Michele Baker.

This series imagines a set of religious iconography using ideas borrowed from the Italian Renaissance and commenting upon the ancient Mayan calendar, exploring themes of destruction/rebirth and the root meaning of the word apocalypse as the uncovering. The Saints and the Nature Spirits join forces with the South American goddess Pachamama (meaning “earth world” in the Quechua language). She appears as a divine entity, warming us, warning us, offering redemption, proffering enchantment.

The works were created at art colonies in Northern Italy, at the American Academy in Rome, and in Central America as well as in the artist’s studio in South Louisiana. Transparent layers of antique pigments from 19thC Northern Italy, once used to repair church frescoes, are painted over her photographic images and found prints.  The powdered pigments from the earth are mixed with egg yolks, providing an inherently organic connection with living animals and specific bio-region of the studio.  The egg tempera on the printed imagery forms a waxy, delicate skin and takes up to a year to cure.

Frese’s book, Pacha Mama: Earth Realm, will be published in the fall of 2011.

Lynda Frese Receives ATLAS Grant

September 22, 2010 by Fawn Roy  
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Artist Lynda Frese from the UL Lafayette Department of Visual Arts was awarded an ATLAS (Louisiana Artists and Scholars) grant for the publication of her art book Pacha Mama: Earth Realm.  The series explores archetypes of the apocalypse, rebirth and our relationships with Nature, using photography and egg tempera painting.  Contributors include Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque, Indigenous-based healer Kathi Von Koerber and Yogi Michele Baker.

This series imagines a set of religious iconography using ideas borrowed from the Italian Renaissance and commenting upon the ancient Mayan calendar, exploring themes of destruction/rebirth and the root meaning of the word apocalypse as the uncovering. The Saints and the Nature Spirits join forces with the South American goddess Pachamama (meaning “earth world” in the Quechua language). She appears as a divine entity, warming us, warning us, offering redemption, proffering enchantment.

The works were created at art colonies in Northern Italy, at the American Academy in Rome, and in Central America as well as in the artist’s studio in South Louisiana. Transparent layers of antique pigments from 19thC Northern Italy, once used to repair church frescoes, are painted over her photographic images and found prints.  The powdered pigments from the earth are mixed with egg yolks, providing an inherently organic connection with living animals and specific bio-region of the studio.  The egg tempera on the printed imagery forms a waxy, delicate skin and takes up to a year to cure.

Frese’s book, Pacha Mama: Earth Realm, will be published in the fall of 2011.