About the exhibition
"Mixed Messages" focuses heavily on the idea of communication, mainly through the representation of text and portraits. I am drawn to the varying ways NIAD's artists interpret faces and people, what features to exaggerate or abandon, what these choices convey, and what stories they are trying to tell through the words they incorporate into the paintings. You can see this especially emphasized in the works by Luis Estrada, Edie Braught, and Dorrie Reid. And where the faces or words aren't present for interpretation, abstract movement fills in to communicate and the use of color and stroke becomes paramount to receiving and communicating with an artist – such as with works by Tre'von Silva, Karen May, and Felicia Griffin.
About the selector
Chelsea Moylan is the owner and curator of ANOMIE, an independent women's boutique in San Francisco featuring art, decor, clothing, and jewelry. She is a proud collector of NIAD art and, through this, has been inspired to delve back into mediums that brought her great joy at a young age.