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Nadia Reed
"Ghost Dance Series III"

Nadia Reed is a Los Angeles based painter of Native American and European descent and a member of the Chinook Indian tribe in Northwestern Washington State. She draws upon her mixed heritage to
produce images about time and movement, family and culture.

Reed's art is an exciting mixture of symbolic, realistic and abstract imagery. Her recent paintings focus on the land of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Using acrylic, oil and pastel, she creates a world where spirit, water and sky emerge from mysterious patterns of traditional Native American design into modern art. Color plays an important role in the symbology of modern vs. ancient myth, varying from natural monochromatic coppers and grays to vibrantly primary contemporary tones. The use of totems and animal spirits is part of her imagery, in some cases obvious, in others hidden.

The show is entitled GHOST DANCE SERIES III, and is about the beauty of the land of modern Native American Coastal tribes. Within this subtle context Reed explores painterly splashes, masks, light and shadows, creating other-worldly dream paintings showing shamanistic views of human and animal life . She uses spirits of land and water as a metaphor for 'change and growth while maintaning roots'. Pacific
Northwest tribes, while nearly stripped of their language and myths, largely remain vital today, both economically and artistically. In evoking the ghost dance, she seeks to bring alive a spirit of ancestors
as a very living breathing people; her paintings are full of energy and motion.

This is Reed's first show with the Patricia Correia Gallery. Reed has been a professional painter for over 20 years. Currently she works within community, teaching to inner city youth and creating workshops
for art festivals. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Venice and Santa Monica, most recently completing an outdoor mural for the Fresh Art with Santa Monica
Cultural affairs.

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