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August 27 - October 12, 2007

 

Believers, by Carol Foley

Believers, by Carol Foley

 

Nowhere, by Carol Foley

Nowhere, by Carol Foley

Believers: Paintings by Carol Foley

Homer Babbidge Library Gallery on the Plaza
Curator: David Avery

Reacting with disbelief and horror to the disastrous South Asian tsunami of 2005, Carol Foley was stirred to consider the depth and vitality of the human spirit she witnessed in a landscape of immeasurable loss and devastation--our apparently innate ability to survive tragedy. Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Pakistan further challenged her to assess her own capacity to face difficulty, embrace change, and live vigorously with fortitude and hope, and she began to wrestle with imagery in her paintings that resonated with upheavals in her own life.

The faces Foley is exhibiting in this show are those of people from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and other Asian rim countries affected by the tsunami. They reflect a silent, self-realizing determination and a freedom of the will despite extreme difficulties and gut wrenching uncertainty. “Their eyes force me to reach into my own soul,” she says, “and compel me to believe that this look of brave resolve is universal and the capacity to endure hardship and to thrive again is not limited by status, geography or culture.”

Richly decorated frames surround the eyes, representing the cultural fabrics that form and buttress our delicate individual identities. Filigree and floral motifs serve as assurance to those who are suffering that life is powerful and ongoing. And juxtaposed among the faces are images of a dress--a metaphor for the human capacity to love and to believe. With the dress paintings and several self-portraits, Foley has numbered herself among the “believers”.

Carol Foley ended a 20-year career in business after 9/11 to pursue her long-time passion for art. Since 2004, her work has been included in juried exhibitions, awarded prizes, published and purchased. Foley lives in Coventry, CT.

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