Tulips to die for
Appearances can be deceiving. In fact, the most beautiful objects often hide deadly intentions. This is the inspiration for a suite of paintings entitled Romantic Notions presented by artist Terri Jordan at the Emporium Arts Center gallery in Knoxville. Jordan’s narrative, figurative portraiture plays upon the idea of contradictions surrounding appearance by pairing beautiful women with common but deadly flowers and plants.
The artist says of her suite: “We often gravitate towards pretty things, covet them, and need to have them based on appearances. We fill our homes and yards with bright-colored plants and flowers, often unaware that some of the loveliest ones are also the most deadly. And even when we’ve heard the myths and facts, the consequences, human nature still temps some to put beauty first. I tell stories in almost all of my work, but I try to be subtle about it. I hope that after they see the pretty woman [people] will try to see the symbols of death, or at least think about the characteristics of the flowers.”
Jordan has exhibited in group and solo shows in New York and the Southeast, and her paintings are in collections in the U.S. and Europe. The Agora Gallery in New York City has said of Jordan’s paintings, “Much like Matisse’s women, Jordan’s figures are symbolic statements of serenity, beauty, and ornament. More restful than Matisse’s women, however, Jordan explores a more understated realm of existence and privacy.”
A percentage of the sales from this exhibit will go toward holiday gifts for patients of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Romantic Notions will be on display October 4 through 25 at The Emporium Center gallery in downtown Knoxville.
For information on the gallery, visit http://www.theemporiumcenter.com/galleries.html. To explore works by Terri Jordan, please visit http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/terri+jordan/all.