Cathy Nichols “Con-Text” Series

Cathy Nichols “Con-Text” series caught my attention when she first described her vision to me. I loved the concept of integrating words into the work as a tool to set up a particular theme for a painting. Cathy describes the inspiration behind the series in her own words below.

"We are living in a world where the possibility for disconnection grows even as technology brings us closer. If the 20th century was all about the image, today it is text that reigns supreme. Texting to be specific. An endless, abbreviated stream of words exchanged on tiny phone screens at a rapid clip. Today, even emails have become extravagant.  Texts float, disembodied, connecting the listeners by the slenderest of consonants.  It is with these thoughts in mind that I turned to creating my "Con/Text" series.  In these paintings, I have tried to expand one word at a time. Each word has been amplified, pictorialized, and romanticized. And with each highly personalized image, I hope to make the viewer think about the importance not just of text, but context -- and its endless link to the imagination." Cathy Nichols