About This Exhibition
Archetypes of the Subconscious is an exhibition of painted works by Charlotte artist Sloane Siobhan. This series explores the notions of growth, loss and the inner battle of the mind, the spirit and the heart. Siobhan’s raw emotions following the loss of her mother in November 2016 serve as the conduit for this artful expression of love, heartbreak, remembrance and grief. Fears and other hidden emotions, intertwined with strikingly rich colors are captured by the artist in each image.
Both mesmerizing and mysterious, Siobhan’s works represent the interactions, and sometimes conflicts, of her conscious and subconscious minds. These thoughts are characterized by stunning power animals – pandas, tigers and grizzly bears – and antagonists, such as bees. Each animal battles with the emotional struggles of the inner-self. Pain, suffering, acceptance and the growing pains of life are felt in each stroke. Chaos and order aggressively merge with abstract and picturesque forms.
Siobhan’s work invites the viewer to go beyond aesthetics into the embodiment of words that are often too hard to voice.
Sloane Siobhan (b. 1991), born in Boone and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a visual artist specializing in oil painting. At age four, Siobhan was trained at the Monart Drawing School by renowned South African artist Jillian Goldberg who brought the internationally acclaimed Monart drawing method to North Carolina. Siobhan later attended high school at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, with a concentration in visual arts. She graduated from Appalachian State University in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and painting concentration. Siobhan was commissioned by Appalachian State’s chancellor to create a painting for the university. The painting remains in the university’s collection and was also featured in the Bachelor of Fine Arts group exhibition, Calico, in December 2016.
Image credits: Sloane Siobhan, Overthinking, 2016. Courtesy of the artist