"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
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
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
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
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
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