Life Forces: Linda Vallejo L.A.
Leah Ollman states,
“Celebrating Life Forces: Linda Vallejo’s Paintings are
generated by her deeply felt connection to exactly those fundamental life
forces – birth, nature, spirit – that are spurned as quaint
or old-fashioned by the hippest tier of the contemporary art world. Here
recent paintings at the Social Public Art Resource Center are celebratory
and o the least cynical. Their beauty hasn’t’ even a
tinge of irony. Though predictable in some respects, they please
the eye and offer a welcome form of nourishment to the heart.
Vallejo visualizes the unity of all living things by layering them, so
that Mother Earth and Father Sky appear as translucent figures looming
large on the arced horizon. This approach verges on kitsch at times,
but when it works, as in “Eternal Seed,” it works gloriously. Painted
with a lush sensuality reminiscent of Georgia O’Keeffe, “Eternal
See” pictures a standing woman merging with the sinuous, foliate
forms that rise around her. She is birthed by the Earth and
in turn can give birth. Cradled under one breast is a sphere, its
roundness a symbol of fertility and renewal.
Drawn from a series no more than 50 strong, Vallejo’s images of the
sky – “Los Cielos/The Heavens” – give this show
its name and some of its more strikingmoments. Rumination on vastness
more that precise transcriptions of cloud patterns, the paintings range
from slightly cloying and saccharine in palette to richly layered records
For Vallejo, an LA native with a deep interest in the function of ceremony,
these paintings serve perhaps, as acts of prayer. For the viewer,
they are at the least a soothing poultice.”
Linda Vallejo's "Mother Earth, Father Sky" gives shape to
of nature in her spiritual exhibition "Los Cielos/The Heavens."
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