L’appel de vide’ (Call of the Void)
Edit: The reception Saturday July 27th from 5-7 followed by an open mic.
The temptation we feel when we’re standing on the edge of a cliff to take a step forwards and fall into oblivion is called ‘L’appel du Vide’. When translated into English, it means ‘Call of the Void’.
The idea put forward by Sigmund Freud of a “death wish” where he stated that ‘everything living dies for internal reasons’ and ‘the aim of all life is death’ could explain the impulse to jump off of high places. It is proposed that the phenomenon actually demonstrates the strength of the survival instinct.
Does this art call you to the edge? Does it inspire you to jump? Or does it light your soul ablaze as our ancestors once did when they filled their imaginations with stories on how the universe was created. Recherche’ is a term I use to describe most of my work. It means rare, exotic, or obscure. I invite you to dance with darkness, become entangled in your own story, summon the demons of your nightmares and explore new worlds. Baroquesque bodies fill the canvas and entice viewers to become voyers of the moment. Let death tempt you however briefly and face your mortality.
I attempt to penetrate your imagination. The goal is for you to remember why you dream and remind you that life is short. Invoke the magick that has been missing since your childhood. Chase your fantasies, read comics and rediscover what made you ‘you’ before the material and the industrial world molded you, endlessly trying to consume your curious heart.
Cecelia Ivy Price was born in Buffalo in 1986. She began to study painting at first at the nearby Niagara County Community College and, after moving to Fredonia in 2013, she deepened her studies in drawing and painting at SUNY Fredonia State with Cuban-American painter Alberto Rey. In particular she devoted herself to gothic and figurative painting.
In 2015 after graduating with honors (cum laude) from the SUNY Fredonia, she began to work with adults with disabilities as well as the elderly to create artworks as an Art Facilitator.
Solo Exhibitions: Negative Space Gallery, Cleveland, OH, 2019, Dark Delights, Faux Pas Gallery, Rochelle, IL, 2018, Recherche’, Octagon Gallery, Westfield, NY 2018, Eclectic Selection, Sensory Winery, Ripley, NY 2016, Transitions, Pulp 716, Lockport, NY 2015, Dangerous, State University of New York, Fredonia Rockefeller Arts Center, 2014, Rock For Hope, Lockport, NY 2008
Her paintings have graced the book covers of writer Jesse Pohlman’s Protostar: An Automatic Apocalypse Vol 2, Pillars of the Kingdom Volume Three: A Decadent Demi-Goddess, & The Bartenders of the Nexus Tavern.
Wrote about her: February The Leader “Fredonia Showcase 2015”, Carly Knaszak, Dunkirk Observer ‘Spirit of Art exhibition to open’ August 1, 2014, Dunkirk Observer ‘On Display’ June 26, 2014, February 15, Lockport Union Sun & Journal, Article 2008, February 18, The Coffee News, Article 2008, Artvoice, Article October 25, 2007.