Entering the very earthy, land-centered exhibit
led the viewer to a continuation of the lush beauty of Kane‘ohe;
many of the pieces used soft browns and greens accentuated
by fresh, bright reds and oranges.
Many of the pieces also made excellent use of light reinforcing
a particular shape or establishing an atmosphere. Of Deborah
Young’s monoprint/mixed media piece, Poetic Glow, Chase
Nu‘uhiwa, a senior advertising major and art student, said
approvingly, “it has a certain radiance.” With sharp
aqua blues, light and dark greens streaking up and across the
canvas, this piece provoked feelings of serenity as if the viewer
were splashing through a clear pool of water or running through
the freshness of a verdant rainforest.
Young often used more vividly geometric patterns, lines, and
subconscious fragments as if from memories, or even dreams, as
in Earth Music, which includes a representation of a sheet of
music using simple, graceful lines. The true music, however,
is found in the soft browns, beiges, and gold colors used that
encouraged one to appreciate the perfect, complementary colors
of the land.
Both artists are listed on the 2004 list of members of the
Watercolor Society, but both employ a number of different mediums
often in the same piece.
Barbara Okamoto used watercolor, graphite, and pastel in her
monoprint Maria Suite: Earthly Gift, a moving piece that featured
smooth pebbles or stones, thematically recurrent in many of her
works, in shades from pinks and light oranges to grays and browns,
as in this particular piece.
Also vivid is her use of light in such pieces as Clay Story:
Poveka, a monoprint in pastel, which showed two humanlike shapes,
dark around the edges but light at their centers. One seemed,
lovingly, to be watching over the other, sleeping.
The viewers could have connected with any of the pieces at
this exhibit, the shapes, the colors, the feelings of each
it was as if these artworks were out of a dream, obscure, but
full of universal meaning.
HPU Art Gallery’s new exhibit, Recent Works by Cristina
Rosa, saw its opening reception on March 20 and will continue
on display Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm through April