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! 

Laurie Berenhaus
Laurie Berenhaus
Jazmyn Crosby
Jazmyn Crosby
Terri received her MFA from the University of the Arts and her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design. She currently teaches a variety of Studio Arts courses at The Agnes Irwin School, in Rosemont, PA.
Terri Saulin
Terri Saulin

Terri received her MFA from the University of the Arts and her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design. She currently teaches…

Terri received her MFA from the University of the Arts and her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design. She currently teaches a variety of Studio Arts courses at The Agnes Irwin School, in Rosemont, PA.…

Terri received her MFA from the University of the Arts and her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design. She currently teaches a variety of Studio Arts courses at The Agnes Irwin School, in Rosemont, PA.…

Barbara majored in art and art education at New York University, earning a BA and MA in Art Education and was a highly praised art teacher in both New York and Philadelphia. In mid-career she earned a degree in interior design/space planning (U of Arts) after which she completed major projects for many corporate clients. She's returned to her artistic roots and now shows at many galleries and centers garnering awards.
Barbara Dirnbach
Barbara Dirnbach

Barbara majored in art and art education at New York University, earning a BA and MA in Art Education and was a highly praised…

Barbara majored in art and art education at New York University, earning a BA and MA in Art Education and was a highly praised art teacher in both New York and Philadelphia. In mid-career she earned a…

Barbara majored in art and art education at New York University, earning a BA and MA in Art Education and was a highly praised art teacher in both New York and Philadelphia. In mid-career she earned a degree in interior design/space…

Heather Ossandon, a ceramist who works in both the functional and decorative arts. Her work explores both the rituals of the everyday and special occasions.
Heather Ossandon
Heather Ossandon

Heather Ossandon, a ceramist who works in both the functional and decorative arts. Her work explores both the rituals of…

Heather Ossandon, a ceramist who works in both the functional and decorative arts. Her work explores both the rituals of the everyday and special occasions.…

Heather Ossandon, a ceramist who works in both the functional and decorative arts. Her work explores both the rituals of the everyday and special occasions.…

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