“A Thin Veil” Virtual Reception

In Ceramics, Events, Painting, Sculpture by Zoe Nathan12 Comments

This Saturday’s opening reception was very exciting and much anticipated for me, returning to my roots in Santa Ynez to show my artwork in my first solo gallery exhibit. It couldn’t get much better to see old and new friends, artists and appreciators, together at the opening to the show. Here are some shots from the opening mingled with some shots of the artwork: (Click on the images below to view larger.) View from the front doors of friends and onlookers. Title: Grin and Nod Date: 2006-2011 Medium: Bronze and wood. Description: This piece satirically portrays fulfilling expectations and social norms, and the aspect of performance in daily life. Darkly whimsical, it grins with a face painted white like a mime or harlequin and nods on wooden rockers with safety guards, reminiscent of a childhood rocking horse. With artists, John and Debra, and gallery owner, Connie Rohde. Repose 24″x20″ Oil on canvas 2010 This video titled “Diti,” meaning divided self, was inspired by the composition and content of Frida Kahlo’s double self-portrait “Dos Fridas,” and portrays the divisions in our identity that create dissonance and complexity within our daily life and sense of self. In Kahlo’s painting, her European self sits with a surgical clamp that is not quite able to keep her blood from spilling on a stark white dress, while her Mexican side sits with her blood circulating around a photo of her husband, Diego Rivera, as a child. In my video, Ghazala Rafiq is portrayed with her Western academic self initially rejecting integration with her spiritual Eastern Indian self, until they both dissolve. I’m interested in drawing attention to the disparate parts within each person’s psychology and somehow integrating them through dialogue and interaction. Artists and writer couple Gwen and Bill with friend. Portrait of a Young Man Oil on canvas, 2006 16″x12″ With my delightful, talented, and lovely model, artist and teacher Mac, with the painting she modeled for, “Artist Muse,” behind us. Artist Muse Sold 30″x30″ Oil on canvas. 2011 Description: Mackenzie Duncan and her husband Michele portrayed inside Duncan’s birch forest painting. Part of an artist as muse series. Captive 10″x8″ Oil on canvas 2010 Description: Karina Puente portrayed in front of her self-portrait. Part of an artist as muse series. Muse 16″x12″ Oil on canvas 2011 Description: Karina Puente portrayed in front of her self-portrait. Part of an artist as muse series. A high fire Tenmoku tea set, including a teapot, creamer, sugar jar, two vases, and two cups. Title: Hoof Date: 2005 Medium: Aluminum Description: The most basic and ignored part, the foundation. Made of a crude material, aluminum to suits its role as unglamorous support. Hoof – rear view. Family and friends. Bronze spiders with some pottery. Harlequins in Repose 24″x24″ Oil on canvas 2010 Title: Selves – 1 of 3 Sold Date: 2006-2011 Medium: Bronze Dimensions: 3x ~(4″x2″x2″) Description: This grouping alludes to the disparate and disconnected roles or parts played out within each of us. It starts off with a solid bronze head, and continues with two increasingly less material castings from the original. Reflections on more or less substantial roles or parts of a single person’s integral self. Title: Respiration Date: 2006-2011 Medium: Bronze Description: This bronze self-portrait reflects the act of taking in and pushing out, which includes both the literal act of breathing, and the less obvious flow of dialogue, information, conversation, etc. It’s a meditation on allowing a series of interactions to take place, internally and externally. Another view of the high fire Tenmoku tea set, including a teapot, creamer, sugar jar, two vases, and two cups. Portrait of Rafael Oil on canvas 18″x14″ 2002 Persimmon tea set with teapot, one un-pictured tea cup, angular vase, and a tear drop vase. Sold Portrait of Uwe Oil on canvas. 16″x12″ 2003-2011 Blue tea set with gold accents. Set includes teapot, three tea cups and a tear drop vase. Title: Farmed (Chicken and egg) Sold Date: 2005 Medium: Cardboard, glue, metallic spray Description: This piece reflects upon animal treatment and use in our culture. It also comments on mindset, parenting, and psychological awareness. Painting on the pillar: “Lily Sleeping” Sold Oil on canvas. 10″x8″


  1. So glad to see the virtual show! I was eying that chicken too; good that it sold. Beyond your obvious painting ability in the allegorical pieces there is something being said that brings me in and makes me stay there and ponder. You probably know Eric Fischl’s work. If not, you might take a look. Good going! Seyburn

  2. Thank you all for your feedback!

    And thanks for the Eric Fishcl recommendation, Seyburn. I loved his bronze figurative sculptures and paintings.

  3. Zoe… I am so proud and happy for you. I think your show is stunning. I feel
    such depth in your portraits. In particular, I love the one of Raphael. Looking
    at him I want to know his story.There is mystery there and yet he feels accessible to me. I think you have to be able to get inside of someone to paint them like that and I think you have been very successful. I look forward to following your work as you continue on. Big congrats!

  4. Zoe,
    Thanks so much for the opportunity to see your show at the C Gallery.
    Your work is really good both in concept and execution. I’m awed by your
    ability to switch mediums with such skill. Kudos!

  5. Zoe, thank you for sharing this. I love this new theme in your work! It’s wonderful that you are bringing together ALL your skills. Really love the scene that you placed the models in, in the painting, ‘Artist Muse’ – it adds a surreal quality to it! All the paintings are ‘alive’ and authentic and the sculptures, very powerful!


  6. Zoe – major applause to you. The skill and the depth are tangled together in your work. There’s always the gasp of wow that is so well done, and then the emotional connection that brings you inside to explore the substance and the mystery. Fine, fine work. All blessings to you. Jerry

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