Nexum Natura: An Art Exhibition
May 9, 2023
Location: LabCentral 238 Main Street
Three women artists connect individually to the natural world in this exhibition, Nexum Natura. Through lenses of environmental awareness, sensations of the body and spiritual contemplation, each artist uses imagery borrowed and inspired by the natural world as a principal element in painting. Pain and loss run throughout Nexum Natura, as well as hopeful contemplation. While each is grappling with a very different form of these archetypal feelings, the struggle and exploration are visible in each body of work. Through the use of graphic/figurative abstraction, metaphorical space, and elements of mindfulness, each artist is working towards the experience of restoring balance– to the self, the body, or the world at large.
Rosie Ranauro uses her work as a way to connect her intuitive self to her body, and incorporates touch, play, and repetitive action into her work to allow for this connection to take place. She finds painting as an opportunity to approach failure and loss as a catharsis.
Throughout the works, Ranauro’s figures are shrouded in an unspoken language of symbols and colors. The viewer is left to work on instinct, like coming on prey in the wild – am I welcome here? Can I come closer?
Rosie lives and works in Boston, MA, and holds a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design ’11. She has shown locally and internationally, and is currently an Artist in Residence at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Lena “Mac” McCarthy (b. Boston, 1992) is an American visual artist primarily painting, making large scale murals and printmaking.
In 2016 she began painting in the streets while living in Chile and has since continued to paint in public spaces across the world. Her work ranges from ephemeral and informal street paintings to large scale mural works.
She has participated in numerous mural festivals in the US, Mexico and India and been an artist in residence with the Dripped on the Road traveling residency. In 2021 she constructed a large-scale solo exhibition of her paintings and installation in Project B gallery (Framingham, MA).
Her work explores mindfulness, internal states and the divine feminine. With abstracted forms inspired by graphic symbols and her travels, she creates metaphorical spaces that contemplate the spiritual and mysterious aspects of the world around us.
Lena lives and works in Boston as well as around the world.
Sophy Tuttle is an English-born American visual artist. She received her BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Hartford Art School in 2019.
Sophy works on a variety of scales and mural painting is an important, socially- engaged part of her practice. She began painting walls during a residency in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2013, where she learned from local activists and artists. Her indoor and outdoor murals can now be seen from Massachusetts to Colombia and she has participated in many mural festivals across the Americas.