Fort Worth Community Arts Center


Crowded Spaces

Gallery Four and Gallery Five - Crowded Spaces

Exhibition on Display: January 22 March 20, 2021

Works by Treslyn Shipley

Proposal statement
During this season of social distancing and isolation, the concept of crowds of people has become either obsolete or frightening. I began to paint crowds just a few months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the subject of representing crowds transformed from a subtle narrative on the in-between moments of our lives in society to being nostalgic, poignant, and ironic. I have a collection of both completed and in the process of being completed paintings that depict gatherings of crowds as a thing of the past, as well as the importance of the few crowds in this year with protests and rallies. The pieces encourage the viewer to reflect on the simple luxuries we took for granted before the pandemic, the beauty of the moments we have problem-solved to safely gather together today, and the hope we are working towards as a people for a better future.

Artist statement
As an artist raised by and currently surrounded by self-proclaimed non-artists, I strive to create work that is approachable, delightful, and kind to any viewer. This goal is actualized through painting the very people I am surrounded by, immediately including them in the process from the very beginning. The importance of people and community have guided my work for several years now. Exploring concepts of individuals interacting together in public spaces is one that has stemmed from a desire to create meaningful work representing commonalities among all human beings. I am a firm believer in the concept of art being as much for the audience as it is for the artist and the art itself, and this relationship is to be carefully cultivated through intentionality and generosity.