If you live in Houston, don’t miss Serpent Worship on Friday, Nov. 14. Serpent Worship is a new series of dimensional cut paper constructions by the artist Michael Velliquette. His distinctive works are densely layered, detailed arrangements of cut out shapes from hand-painted and ink-blotted papers. It is a process Velliquette has applied to diverse subjects, image styles, and formal strategies for over a decade.
The ten works that comprise his current series makes use of the serpent as a recurring figure. As one of the earliest and most universal mythological symbols, the serpent has been associated with a multitude of meanings, most notably transformation, fertility, wisdom, and vengeance.
Velliquette’s serpents are at once image and icon. While they embrace their folkloric origins, they insist on a new spiritual vocabulary — one that combines aspects of 20th century formalism with contemporary sensibilities about the handmade.
Opening: Friday, November 14, 2014.
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: The David Shelton Gallery in Houston.
The works will be on display until Saturday, Jan 3, 2015
You can visit the artist’s website to view a preview of the work.