Above the main drag of South Carolinas famed Revolutionary War town turned horse racing mecca, in a light-filled, brick-walled loft, a jumble of paintings in various stages of completion are pinned to walls, resting on easels and lying on tables. To the casual observerand even to one familiar with artists studiosthe scene is chaotic. How can an artist work in this cabal of canvas, paint, brushes, and wood, jumbled in no particular order, with a solo exhibition looming in a few weeks?
For Camden artist Laurie Brownell McIntosh, whose abstract paintings involve deconstructing ordinary aspects of life and reconfiguring them into finished works, the scene is life imitating art. As she moves through her studio, she knows exactly what needs to be done before her exhibition at the Fine Art Centerof Kershaw County. Her show, Environmental Abstractions, debuts April 12 with an artist reception on the evening of April 19.
McIntosh explains that while her abstracts involve recognizable objects from her life that is split between South Carolinas Midlands and the coast an architectural element here, a comfortable old chair there and what appears to be a piece of horse tack in anothereach one is like a remnant of a dream. Fleeting images rendered in a soothing color palette stir memories and emotions, creating more questions than answers. As such, McIntosh says her work is intentionally open to interpretation.
The objects one might recognize in my paintings are not exclusively my story. They are pieces and parts of life in the South that connect with my viewers memories and prompts them to put together what they see into their story. While my new works are an intimate look at my experiences, they are also personal to the viewer who sees their own life reflected in them, she said.
In addition to the main exhibition, McIntosh has collaborated with poet Elizabeth Wynne Marshall, on four new images. Marshall was raised in North Carolina, attended school in Virginia and Paris, moved to New York to work on Madison Avenue, but is thrilled to now call McClellanville home. She and her husband Bennie, both former Camdenites, are currently restoring an old Victorian home which she lovingly calls Mersea. Her writing may be found at ElizabethWMarshall.com
Over the course of her 35-year career in the arts, the last 23 of which have been dedicated to painting, McIntosh has participated in over 30 exhibitions of her art. Her work is also collected by both corporate and individual collectors. The Fine Arts Center exhibition will be her first in Kershaw County since relocating to Northlight Studio in Camden after seven years as a full-time resident artist at Vista Studios in Columbia.
McIntoshs solo show debuts on Thursday, April 12 with an artist reception on April 19 from 5-7 p.m. The Fine Art Center of Kershaw County is located in Camden, SC at 810 Lyttleton Street