The Dollhaus II art gallery will soon host a solo exhibit by Emma Louise, better known as The Paint Splatterer, titled “KERFUFFLE.” It will launch on April 16 from 2 to 9 p.m. and will run until May 9.
There will be a slow and steady opening with crowd control and other COVID-19 precautions, according to the gallery.
Meet the artist
The Paint Splatterer loves to, well, splatter paint.
There are eight main paintings, all seven feet by five feet. The large scale paintings were executed at the beginning of the pandemic in April of 2020 and were worked on everyday until September of 2020.
“I was terrified of dying, I was in shock and in active trauma,” Louise said. “So many upsetting things happened that I thought I was not going to make it mentally or physically due to an underlying condition. I was alone and terrified. I started to spend hours just dripping the paint waiting for it to dry then turning the entire large canvas around, then start the process again. Drip, drip, drip. I think it kept me sane.”
The Paint Splatterer continued: “It was monotonous and meditative. I was in a strange holding pattern, and I couldn’t stop. I couldn’t think of anything to paint. I doubted myself as an artist of any significance to the world but mainly to myself. Then I started to realize that I might not die if I stay away from everyone, so for four months I locked myself in a studio and never left the studio! I wouldn’t even open the doors or windows. Then something shifted, and I started to come out of the horror and maintained and balanced a manageable level of post traumatic stress. I think my sense of humor surfaced again, and the fear levels started dropping.”
Louise added: “It was a KERFUFFLE.” Thus the name of the exhibit.
Works in progress
The paintings are not finished. The Paint Splatterer will be working on them throughout the three week show, and the gallery will become the artist’s studio.
According to the gallery, the artist claims to have no idea where it is all going but plans to finish them by May 9, when the show is over. The paintings will go on the gallery’s website, viewers can see the progress.
Throughout the three week show, people can bid on the paintings, and they’ll be sold on the gallery’s website.
The Dollhaus II is at 23 Cottage Street, open Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.xdollhausx.com or call 201-360-0894.
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