Opening Sunday, February 26th, from 3PM - 5PM
On view through Sunday, May 7th
Join us for the Opening Reception of Rhonda Wheatley’s solo exhibition, “A Modern Day Shaman’s Hybrid Devices, Power Objects, & Cure Books” at Hyde Park Art Center in the Cleve E. Carney Gallery.
The reception is part of Hyde Park Art Center’s Super Sunday, a full day of exhibition openings, open studios, and art making activities.
ABOUT A MODERN DAY SHAMAN’S HYBRID DEVICES, POWER OBJECTS, & CURE BOOKS:
Wheatley’s assemblage-based sculptures repurpose vintage electronics and other objects to release trauma, translate messages from one’s subconscious, tap resources from past and future lifetimes, and more. Vintage clocks are used to play with time, and radios connect sound and frequency to the unseen energy of “radio waves” while “space age” TV antennas both send and receive messages. These objects do not “turn on” in the ways they were originally intended. Rather, they are powered by energies from unseen realms; their functionality occurs within the user’s awareness.
The artist incorporates natural materials including quartz crystals to amplify intention, fossils which carry the energy of millions of years, and barnacle clusters to enhance one’s ability to adhere to intended personal changes, as well as snakeskin sheddings, cicada wings, moss and more. She also uses handmade elements, such as sacred geometry drawings. Additionally, unstretched canvas works and altered books, in which Wheatley records experiences, dreams, and ideas, provide a glimpse into the mind of the creator while also highlighting her spirituality and work as a healer.