Threshold: Ferdinanda Florence & Gwen Manfrin

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Threshold: Ferdinanda Florence & Gwen Manfrin

Feb 10 — Mar 18, 2021

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Andrea Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition by Ferdinanda Florence and Gwen Manfrin.

“I describe the places I paint as ‘sites for personal reconnaissance,’ as I try to situate myself in a slippery world, one teetering wildly between promise and devastation.”- Ferdinanda Florence

Ferdinanda Florence has always been drawn to liminal spaces; the unfixed and ambiguous. In the past, her work has focused on exterior structures, though In her new series of work, she has made her way inside. Here she paints thresholds that divide the internal from the external, doorways that can invite, but also reject access, and spaces largely unclaimed. While unclaimed, the spaces she depicts all share a sense of loss in their own way; impending, occurring or unresolved. It is through these ambiguous internal scenes that Florence is able to reflect on her own internal compass.

“Life is a roller coaster: it being a ride that could make you so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited and so thrilled all at the same time.” – Gwen Manfrin

Life experiences greatly influence Gwen Manfrin’s work. The ups, downs, twists and turns all individuals face in a lifetime are reflected in the people she depicts. While some emotions are under control and hidden from view, others break through the emotional threshold. Her images honor the emotion captured in the moment and encourage the viewer to reflect on their own moments of heightened sensation.

Ferdinanda Florence. Waterman no. 9 — acrylic on canvas, 58 x 64 inches, 2020