artist statement

Evocative, haunting and serene, Raine Bedsole's art whispers in the timeless language of mythology and symbolism. Nautical imagery that informs the artist's work harkens to the
Egyptian barques that ferried souls into the afterlife; Norse longboats embodied with poignancy and romance; Native American canoes; and the raft –
that rescues us from harm, delivers us to safety.  
The boats, oars, bird’s wings and other recurring motifs are expressed in a language not limited to earthly tongues and time periods.
With poeticism and concentrated emotional potency, Raine Bedsole’s sculptures and works on paper speak directly to the human heart.
They elicit the phenomenon of memory and the dynamic between the objects and experiences –
those that anchor us to our past and those that liberate us to let go.
The notches and grooves in Bedsole's oars sculptures weave mysterious narratives about the hands that rowed them –
their individual histories mixing with the artist's experience in intricate layers of paint, texture, fabric, found paper and poetry.
Whether collage or assemblage, painting or sculpture, the works have luscious patinas and textures embodied with meaning. Incorporating materials and found
objects that allude to the personal narratives that shape our lives, Bedsole marries material virtuosity with an uncommon sensitivity to myth and the power of natural form.


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