Artwork by Roxi Belieo • Exhibit runs from March 11 to April 21, 2023
In the pain, there is pleasure. I enjoy looking past the obvious and focusing more on what isn’t easy to show: the different journeys of mental anguish. Each piece has a different meaning, but they all come from one place within me that is trying to heal. Most of us can attest to facing some kind of burden or dilemma where the knots holding our sanity together come undone. I believe a lot of my pieces are examples of those knots being tossed to the side for the hell of it. Letting my stress and problems come out through my paintings. Electrifying colors, gaunt elements, and melodic textures. I invite you to get lost in this maze I call my mind..
I’m Roxi Belieo. A studio administrator by day and an experimental artist by night. Growing up, I was always surrounded by various forms of art. I gravitated toward music and poetry, though, since they’d been forms of peace for me. However, art was an outlet that I’d often turn to when things got rough. I knew that when I had paper and a pencil, I controlled my life. But eventually, I stopped painting and focused more on where life was taking me. On my journey, I dealt with depression, grief over losing my father, isolation, and suicidal ideations, which only got worse once 2020 rolled in. I was lost and felt like I wasn’t doing anything that truly brought me happiness. While trying to figure out who I was, going to college, and dealing with the pandemic, I got that desire to make something positive out of the negative. Life’s problems and stresses feed my inspiration to paint. I picked up my brushes, bought some canvases, and started ranting. Making abstract paintings allowed me to be free of rules, societal pressure, and my own mind. Each time I get to make something unique, I feel like I am escaping from the pain and taking control of my life again. With “Mini Fragments” being my very first gallery, I am extremely grateful and hope my pieces convey a message of finding a peaceful and creative way through the madness of life.
|Mon, Mar 27||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Tue, Mar 28||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Wed, Mar 29||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Thu, Mar 30||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Fri, Mar 31||10:00AM to 6:00PM|
|Sat, Apr 01||10:00AM to 6:00PM|
|Sun, Apr 02||Closed|
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