The Nature of Truth (and the Truth of Nature) in Joan Wadleigh Curran’s Endurance

InLiquid member artist Joan Wadleigh Curran has been creating art since attending Skidmore College and Yale University. Her art has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Art Matters, and Artgrind, to name only a few publications. Showing her work in the Wagner Free Institute of Science, Marian Locks Gallery, Savery Gallery, and the Woodmere Art Museum, Wadleigh Curran has been a big influence in the Philadelphia art community.

Joan Wadleigh Curran’s art is a reflection of human’s impact on nature. She takes the overlooked aspects of the world around us and focuses in on them to find “hidden truths locked within physical form.”

Endurance, 2010, Etching, aquatint, drypoint on paper, 26″ x 22.25

Her piece in InLiquid’s 2019 Benefit Auction, Endurance, is the perfect example of this quest to air out these truths. Yes, it is a dark piece (literally, she only uses black aquatint and drypoint etching instead of colorful paints), Wadleigh Curran doesn’t try to idealize the nature she depicts. But within this blackness is a tree that grows beautiful flowers. To see this we must look beyond the center of the painting, though. In the middle is an abstraction that could be a knot in the tree, could be unsightly growth, or could be a fungus; any way you look at it, its complexity and detail are hypnotizing and mystifying. The focal growth in the piece, coupled with the flowers and leaves dangling into view, represent a duality in nature between the delicate and the rough.

In addition to exploring natural truths in her art, Wadleigh Curran likes to “examine the intersection of nature and the man-made world.” In Endurance this intersection splits this tree in half. The tree’s abstraction can be a human presence, that roughness that can be a detriment to nature. The tree, which was “once nurtured, [is] coupled with the discarded and the frayed as indicators of our values.” It, however, endures and perseveres through our knot.

Wadleigh Curran’s piece is up for auction at our 2019 Benefit and would be a great way to celebrate your collection at our VIP Night on February 1st. 

Curran will also be showing at the InLiquid Gallery in the spring, so you can come and marvel at her many other fabulous works.

Get your tickets for the 2019 InLiquid Benefit! 

Liz Goldberg is trained in painting and graphics with an MFA from Pratt Institute and a BFA with honors from York University. She is currently on the art faculty of Pratt in New York City and Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Liz Goldberg
Liz Goldberg

Liz Goldberg is trained in painting and graphics with an MFA from Pratt Institute and a BFA with honors from York University.…

Liz Goldberg is trained in painting and graphics with an MFA from Pratt Institute and a BFA with honors from York University. She is currently on the art faculty of Pratt in New York City and Drexel University…

Liz Goldberg is trained in painting and graphics with an MFA from Pratt Institute and a BFA with honors from York University. She is currently on the art faculty of Pratt in New York City and Drexel University in Philadelphia.…

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Lorraine Glessner
Lorraine Glessner

Lorraine Glessner is an InLiquid member…

Lorraine Glessner is an InLiquid member…

Lorraine Glessner is an InLiquid member…

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences, gallery walls, and city streets. In work ranging from large scale sculptural installations, and living compilations, to miniature assemblage and mixed media works on paper, nature is my rubric and my compass. This is the way I make connections between human interests and the environment that surrounds us. 

Simultaneously, nature is my metaphor and material. Grafting together a variety of flat and dimensional elements is not uncommon in my practice.
In different ways, I'll incorporate earth, vines, flowers, roots, seeds, pigment, and wax into sculpture, and mixed media works on paper, more akin to assemblage. Nature and plants frequently act as metaphors for our human experience as they are passively or overtly layered or stitched amidst found imagery, maps, photographs, and words.
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Susan Benarcik

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I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences,…

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences, gallery walls, and…

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Keith R. Breitfeller

Keith Breitfeller paints color fields with oil paint on canvas. The gradation is meditative and spiritual.…

Keith Breitfeller paints color fields with oil paint on canvas. The gradation is meditative and spiritual.…

Keith Breitfeller paints color fields with oil paint on canvas. The gradation is meditative and spiritual.…

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