CONNECTIONSWork by Gret Mackintosh, curated by Mia Loia
Exhibition Dates: August 10th – October 24th, 2020
Location: Gallery 1056
1. a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else.
In this body of work, Gret explores connections within lowcountry landscapes. Physical connections between places, such as waterways, roads, bridges, and paths, and emotional connections to places centered around certain events or special places frequented over the past 15 years living in Charleston.
Maps provide a universal language, unique to each viewer. While visually illustrating the relationships between places from an aerial view they also show the ties of communities, marking the points of importance for the region they depict.
Created during a time of both social and personal upheaval, this collection of paintings serves as a reflection on both the literal and figurative ties that link us together in the human experience. Links that bond us to the lands we call home, and to the people who make it so. Connected, even while apart.
Originally from Burlington, NC, Gret attended the College of Design at North Carolina State University, where she earned a Bachelors in both Landscape Architecture and Art & Design. After graduation, she moved to Charleston to begin her career as a landscape architect while continuing to pursue painting on the side. In 2018, she made the leap into a career as a full-time artist.
In her current work, her experience in both landscape architecture and living life on the coast, play a large role. The subject matter often involves exploring aerial landscapes and waterways, both natural and man-made patterns and their connections. She creates paintings that fall somewhere between large scale maps and landscape renderings.
She lives in Charleston, SC and works out of her studio at Redux Contemporary Art Center.