Hey Everyone. Below is the Show description for Hey Babygirl. For those of you who like the details and are unable to make it to the exhibit itself.
Hey Babygirl is a collection of oil paintings inspired from excerpts of letters written to the artist in the past three years. The letters follow a prisoner on his journey in becoming sober and coming to terms with letting go of past mistakes and desires. And in the end, becoming present within the system.
Markey uses childhood memories and hands (used throughout her career) to illustrate the desperation, desire, and peace found in the quoted letters. Each piece is titled with an extraction from one of the letters of the past years.
The work is very personal to the artist. “I hope that I was able to express some of the powerful sentiment I felt when reading the letters. It is some of my most personal work to date” Markey says. “There were empathetic moments where I think I learned more about life than actually having to live it myself.”
Of course, that may be hard to see at first glance. The pieces themselves are bright and simple. Abstracted motorcycles, kittens, and of course hands. Markey uses a glazing technique used by old masters, where one color is applied on top of another to make a secondary or tertiary color. “ I like using glazes because you can see a glimpse of what is beneath. Like looking into glass panes of color. “