Tayloe Piggott Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of select works by artist Greta Waller. A consummately gifted painter, Waller is driven by her passion to explore and understand the nature of light and color. Chasing the impossible, Waller employs her subject matter to serve as vehicles through which she studies the properties of light. An artist reception to celebrate this exhibition will be held Friday, May 10th from 5-8pm. All are invited to attend.
A subject of primary and ongoing interest to Waller (for almost a decade) is ice. In her Ice Block Paintings, Waller places a block of ice on a plate, and then races to capture the light refracting within the block as it melts. Conceptually fascinating, this series engages the viewer by revealing a full spectrum of colors that move through the ice and its surfaces. Motivated by her curiosity, Waller is drawn to paint ice blocks because within the ice there are no boundaries. She has complete freedom to paint the rainbows of color that refract throughout the block and to challenge herself to see in new ways.
Tying together Waller’s varied subjects is her investigative nature. She sees the world from a unique perspective and uses her art as a way to come to terms with her distinctive reality. From her fascination with the science behind phase changes, to the nature of light and color, to her still lifes, Waller’s work is arresting both visually and conceptually.
Born in 1983 in Indianapolis, IN, Waller earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cooper Union in 2006. She continued her studies at the University of Los Angeles, CA and received her Master of Fine Arts in 2011. Waller has participated in several select summer and exchange programs including the Chelsea College of Arts and Slade School of Fine Art in London, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and the New York Academy of Art in Manhattan. In 2017, Waller was invited to participate in The American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition of Visual Art, from which she was chosen by the Academy as a (2017) Art Award winner.