“Water for Life” International Art Exhibition
This exclusive cultural exhibition at the Niagara Falls History Museum in Canada features 37 artists from 18 countries. It raises awareness to a special cause – access to drinking water.
About a year ago, I was approached by Angelina Herrera, an international cultural promoter, about participation in an art exhibition at the Niagara Falls History museum in Niagara Falls, Canada. The theme of the show was to be “Water for Life.”
Living in Colorado, water is something that is often on my mind. For one, because there is a lack of moisture in the thin mountain air that affects me personally every day, and secondly because severe drought conditions are a constant threat to the lives of the people and the environment in the state. From raging wildfires to dried up mountain lakes and empty riverbeds, we have seen it all. Needless to say, that I was immediately intrigued by an art exhibit that would focus on water.
Once I began thinking about what kind of painting to produce for the exhibit, I realized that this would be more than just another art show with a well-intentioned theme. Water for Life’s message was beginning to move me.
I produced quite a number of sketches and studies to immerse myself in the theme. I wanted the piece for the show to be special, naturally. The questions I kept asking myself were “What does water feel like?” “What does lack of water feel like?” For several months, I was drawing and thinking, and finally a painting began to emerge.
My work is always centered around lines. Every painting begins with a deliberate arrangement of lines. The intricate line work is essential to expressing my emotions and creating a dynamic composition infused with vibrant colors. As essential as each line is to my painting, so is water to life. Line by line I began weaving the shapes across the canvas in an effort to give expression to my feelings about water. Water – the essence of life – “Water for Life.” This is how “Feeling Waterfalls” was conceived and created.
The color choices further deepen the meaning of my work. Blue represents water and as such the essence of life in general, while yellow and red tones stand to oppose, threaten but also balance this value. Achieving the perfect balance is never easy and often a struggle. It’s not about standing still, but rather about moving, adjusting and growing. My painting intends to capture these messages and inspire the viewer to think about what they might be able to do to expand access to clean water and preserve this critical resource for future generations.
Antoine Gaber, Art Director / Curator of the show had the vision for the exhibit inspired by the famous underwater mural by Diego Rivera at the CÁRCAMO DEL RÍO LERMA. When Rivera created the mural he was assisted by Rina Lazo who said, “I think it is very important to be aware that all human beings should have enough water to live with dignity.” She further added; “Diego Rivera painted the mural; water as the origin of life, to end the thirst of humanity.” He would be very proud if he knew about this group exhibition project in Niagara Falls.”