The concept of “Origin” is in essence an interweaving “dreamlike” journey from a perceived beginning.

ORIGIN, Alaina Plowdrey

Much like life, the paintings of “Origin,” artist Alaina Plowdrey’s most recent solo exhibition, begin in the water. In Plowdrey’s elegant, erotically charged work, the ocean is a vital presence; the interplay between land and sea becomes a dance of procreation, with the female figure standing in as Venus. Plowdrey’s paintings shimmer with vivid explorations of the female form — bodies, adorned with gold leaf and gossamer — tumble, dance, and float through sea and space.

“Origin” is sponsored in part by the Anne McKee Grant and includes a video installation of photographs taken by Plowdrey of the Florida Keys landscapes that inspired her work.

Alaina Plowdrey received her AFA from Delta College (2006), BFA from the College for Creative Studies (2009) and MFA from the New York Academy of Art (2011). After attaining her master’s degree she taught in NYC and then as an adjunct professor in numerous colleges throughout Michigan. She now resides in Key West working as a professional studio artist and professor.

Origin opens Thursday, May 5 from 6-8 pm at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street. The exhibition remains on view through May 26.

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