For several years now, we have followed Renata Sheppard’s journey as she has worked to bridge the visual and physical arts. Here in Cape Charles, this began with Dance for the Camera, using film to capture dance and movement. This eventually evolved into Experimental Film Virginia, a hybrid film festival and artist residency that involves “a peer-facilitated dance film creation experience”.
This Friday, the Lemon Tree Gallery’s Spring Art Opening featured Renata’s new show, “Kinetic Drawing – Visual Performance Art: Geometry of the body explored through movement”.
This show explores ways for Sheppard to transfer her movements directly onto paper-she places herself on a large paper canvas, with pieces of charcoal, and then moves her body in choreographed gestures, leaving traces of her physical movements on the paper. Merging the physical and the visual, dance and visual art, the works embrace both symmetry and chaos:
Completed works will be on display in Lemon Tree throughout the Spring.