The Nilson Gallery is a 900 square foot space, featuring solo exhibitions from our New Jersey Emerging Artists Series, a unique and exciting program for NJ artists who have never had a one-person show of their work in our state. In addition to our Emerging Artists Series, the Nilson Gallery features community-based collaborative exhibitions and exhibits that highlight the talents of our artist members. While closed due to safety precautions, the Monmouth Museum has set up a Virtual Nilson Gallery to continue to support local artists and the community.
GREEN GRASS OF HOME
The Artwork of Natalia Pas
June 5 - August 8
Natalia Pas Artist Statement
Natalia Pas draws inspiration from her beloved birthplace, a small village in rural Poland. Her brilliantly colorful landscape paintings honor the natural terrains she frolicked across as a child. Formally trained, with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts & Art Education, her work inspires viewers to rejoice in the splendor of the earth, with diverse imagery that allows each piece to highlight the eternal beauty of nature or capture whispers from ephemeral dreamscapes.
Natalia has a unique technique of using embroidery on canvas that stems from a long tradition of woman decorating their homes with ornate embroidery. The use of hand embroidered flowers and animals in Poland gives homage to the pride of the land that people own and farm. This connection to nature and hard work is connected in the tedious embroidery that is portrayed in the landscapes.
MUSEUM GALLERY HOURS ARE
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY • 10AM-4PM
The Artwork of Donna Conklin King
August 14 - September 12
Gallery Opening Reception
SATURDAY, AUGUST 14 • 4-7PM
Donna Conklin King Artist Statement
This year I felt driven to create imagery that comforts and unifies us, a solid prayer, a stabilizing force with symbols that remind us, in these fractured times, of our resilient nature. I work almost exclusively with concrete, a common material used in the construction of the foundation of buildings, the very support systems of the homes we have been quarantining in. I source patterned objects used in our daily lives and homes and cast them in concrete. Items such as plastic food containers, lace doilies and tin ceiling tiles. I love the patterns found in plastic food containers and their potential to symbolically speak about the body as well as the environment and its influence on our food sources: the decline of the honeybee populations and polluted water are examples. Doilies are handmade textiles that resemble Mandalas; symbols of the universe and universal connection, and they can be found throughout many of my sculptures. Tin ceiling tile patterns represent the boundaries and condition of our quarantine lives while also connecting us to history as these tiles were introduced into late 19th century home design and were likely the ceilings for many Americans suffering through the Pandemic of 1918. Lastly, an ever-present theme in my work is the concept of Kintsugi- an ancient Japanese technique for healing broken pottery with gold leaf. Conceptually, it suggests that we repair something that has given us many years of love and service, but restore it so that it is more beautiful than it was before. For me, this concept resembles a life well lived. We humans are a constantly changing landscape of fracture, repair and growth. It is my fervent hope that we as a civilization are growing from this strife, that we will improve, repair and thrive as we strive to create a greater world.