My daughter Pearl Beerhorst has been working on a new body of work that will be going up this month at MadCap Coffee. I have the pleasure of framing these very beautiful watercolor paintings and in doing so I have become even more enamored with them. Her work is fresh and powerful just like the heroines that populate her rewilded urban landscapes. Pearl's touch when it comes to depicting nature reminds me of medieval tapestries for the way the space is flattened and the plant life becomes stylized into a sort of woven lyrical patterning. Pearl's restrained yet potent treatment of Leda and the swan holds its own in the rich legacy of artists who have evoked this myth through out the history of art. Pearl's painting almost becomes a new generations cry for a stronger union with the natural underneath the dark clouds of global warming. Leda and the swan by W.B. Yeats A sudden blow: the great wings beating still Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill, He holds her helpless breast upon his breast. How can those terrified vague fingers push The feathered glory from her loosening thighs? And how can body, laid in that white rush, But feel the strange heart beating where it lies? A shudder in the loins engenders there The broken wall, the burning roof and tower And Agamemnon dead. Being so caught up, So mastered by the brute blood of the air, Did she put on his knowledge with his power Before the indifferent beak could let her drop?
Her show will be installed and ready to view by Monday November 17. You will have the opportunity to actually meet the artist Friday the 28th, the day after Thanksgiving.