Whipple is best known for her paintings of alternately pensive and frolicking young adults that document the transition from the innocence of childhood to the self-knowledge of adulthood. This exhibition surveys four years of work during which Whipple casts her subjects as allegories of themes from Eden (2013-15), Genesis (2015-16) and Plato’s Phædo (2016-17). In the Eden series, the artist’s fascination with youth and its culture is introduced. Genesis: Let There be Light explores the relationship between the soul and the divinity of light embodied by the subject of modern youth. Both series examine candid images of idealized youth documented during Whipple’s tenure as a stylist in the fashion industry. In her most recent works, the Phædo group named for Plato’s discussions on the immortality of the soul, Whipple pairs her exuberant young subjects with moody, lush landscapes that embody the artist’s exploration of the concept of the transmigration of the soul.
Connecting Whipple’s series is the concept of Anima Mundi, Latin for “world soul,” the belief in the intrinsic connection between all living entities. Uniting her imagery and technique, this idea defines a connection between the worlds of nature and constructed humanity. Whipple’s use of both photographic imagery and impressionist painting techniques strengthens the connection as the artist revisits the Impressionists’ interests in agrarian landscapes and the people who were dependent upon them. The cyclic nature of agriculture and nature becomes particularly important in the artist’s diptychs that pair the young and beautiful with deep green nature or historical sculpture emphasizing eternal and universal concepts.
Emerald Rose Whipple was born in California and grew up in Hawaii. Her work has been shown in the United States and internationally in solo gallery and museum exhibitions. She now lives and works in New York City.
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Emerald Rose Whipple, John Swiatek and Hanne Gaby, Odiele Poland Springs, 2013, oil on canvas, 46” x 71”
Emerald Rose Whipple, Brugmansia, La Conchita, CA, 2016, oil on canvas, 16” x 20”
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