Suspended States features recent works by painter Nieves Saah. The rich color palette of Saah’s paintings reflect not only her life in Spain, a country with a vast, colorful art history, but also her extensive travels in South America, other parts of Europe, and the Middle East. Her compositions are complex and usually consist of contrasting colors. She creates the imagery by stacking colors next to each other then taking away what she feels is unnecessary and moving “the paint to where whimsy and a lifetime of skill dictates.” Saah’s paintings are emotional and often express stories of her own life and dreams.
Nieves Saah, raised in Bilbao, a town in the Basque region of Spain, is a painter who almost exclusively uses palette knives to scrape and layer paint onto her pieces. Saah earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she graduated summa cum laude. Her work has been shown extensively in group and solo shows in the United States and Europe, including at the Sideshow Gallery in New York City, the Decker Gallery in Baltimore, and the Galleria Dix in Helsinki, Finland. Her works are in the collections of the New Jersey State Council of the Arts and in private collections throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Saah received the Gertrude Pentland Merit Scholarship and was the selected candidate by NYFA and the Spanish Cultural Council in New York for Artepreneur. Recently she was featured in Brigitte Wir Magazine. Her work has been reviewed by the New York Times, the Star Ledger, and the Washington Post, among others.
In Suspended States, Jacqueline Shatz presents wall and pedestal works, which fall somewhere between painting and sculpture, stillness and movement, figurative and abstract. The vibrant ceramic pieces are part of a continuing series of reimagined symbols from the past about forces of history and nature. Transformation, anthropomorphism, and myth are implied themes throughout Shatz’ work. She states, “My wall sculptures involve suspended states of being and the permeable nature of time. The images of swimming, floating and "about to" gestures imply anticipation, hesitancy, anxiety or relief from anxiety. I did not set out to express specific emotions – they emerged from the selection of the figures and the creation of the pieces themselves. The meanings are hidden like the meanings in dreams.”
Jackie Shatz is a sculptor, painter, teacher and lecturer. She attended Bennington College and earned a BFA in painting, magna cum laude, and an MFA in sculpture, both from Hunter College. Shatz's work has been displayed in numerous solo and group shows, including exhibitions at the June Kelly, Monique Knowlton, and Kouros galleries in New York City. She has also curated and organized countless exhibitions, including “CollageLogic,” which was last presented in 2012 at Hampden Gallery at UMass in Amherst. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship, a Craft Alliance New Techniques grant and several NYFA SOS grants. Jacqueline Shatz is a 2018 recipient of a Tree Of Life Foundation Individual Artist Grant. She has been artist-in-residence at the Kohler Arts/Industry program, where she created a series of music box sculptures and has collaborated on sound and sculptural installations for Glyndor Gallery at Wave Hill and on Governors Island. She has taught and lectured at many places, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Her work has been reviewed by The New York Times, The New York Daily News, and The Village Voice, among others.