Apr 21st 2013

Nina Palomba: Better Left Unsaid

@ Peanut Gallery

1000 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL 60624

Opening Sunday, April 21st, from 5PM - 9PM

On view through Saturday, May 18th

“Better Left Unsaid” brings the audience into my imagined world. It contains dark, highly rendered illustrations and an installation that encompasses the entirety of my black and white world.

The idea for the show was inspired by the concept of “your shadow” ­­ the little voice in the back of your head that tells you what you are or not capable of. The idea of the “shadow” has morphed into a villain in my world and has unconsciously begun to appear over and over in my work, and my goal is to press on and move past what my shadow is telling me.

The illustrations in “Better Left Unsaid” are a collection of drawings that got me through sometough times. The final narrative was created without intention, and stepping back from the finished work was very surprising and emotionally revealing. The installation is intended to be intimidating, reflecting the development of my world as I was working on this series.

Within my work I try to merge “real life” with my cartoon world, a concept I’ve been thinking about ever since I saw Betty Boop’s “Ha, Ha, Ha!” as a kid. Life seems a bit more interesting with the proposition of a big cartoon popping around the corner at any second. I work mainly in graphite and ink because of its shadowy qualities and I use erosion and decay as a conceptual and formal device, creating a portal into my world.

This is my first solo show, marking a pivotal moment in my career. It will be a complete illustrated showcase, exposing the darker side of emotional expression within a large variety of new work.

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