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Phyllis Gorsen is having a solo exhibition at Boston Street Gallery (Philadelphia, PA) entitled “Playdate with my Spirit Animal”.
Phyllis Gorsen’s collage paintings bridge a connection to wildlife with fantasized intimate passages consisting of conjured bonds between creature and person. These works depict playful allegories that reflect her desire to become more connected to the natural world with the animals and insects that inhabit it. The inspiration for these paintings came during this past year when, forced to remain in isolation, Gorsen began to watch nature shows.
She grew increasingly disturbed by the loss of biodiversity and the increasing human demand that has exceeded the Earth’s ability to regenerate its resources. Gorsen explains, “The mere existence of animals and insects fortifies our planet and allows it to thrive. These creatures, almost oblivious to our existence, heal us. We need them. These Spirit Animals are our guardians.”
Watching these programs, Gorsen was overcome with the realization that she felt so removed from that which sustains us. These latest paintings reflect her personal need to be more connected towhat lies outside of the insular human habitat.
Opening Reception is Saturday June 12th 2-5pm.
Exhibition runs from June 11th to July 17th.
For more information about this show and others available for viewing, check out the Boston Street Gallery’s website!