devolve: wayne corlis + amber lee williams

devolve
creation/movement/fluidity

Wayne Corlis + Amber Lee Williams

Join us for a special night of Art and Music! 

Opening Reception
FRIDAY 12 AUGUST 8PM-11PM
Performance by THUNDERCLAP from 9 to 10pm

Devolve is a series of abstract works created by St. Catharines based artists Amber Lee Williams and Wayne Corlis. Exploration of various disciplines across art genres has resulted in this body of work; where both artists reject direct representation as a means of rekindling their love for the simple act of creation through colour, movement and fluidity. This series calls into question the evolution in art – has representation evolved from abstract, or vice versa? Or have the figurative and the abstract veins splintered from something else – some mixture of the two, where the lines are blurred between what is something and what is not…

The show will hang from August 6th to the 20th.

Wayne’s artwork is driven from both a love to paint and an interest in philosophy. In his work, Wayne aims to explore the potential for colour and texture to translate into sensation, and questions the relationships between representation, romanticism, and meaning making. Wayne holds both an Honour’s degree in Visual Arts and a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature and the Arts from Brock University, as well as a diploma in graphic design from Niagara College.  

Painting with a blow torch, Amber creates her works with the beeswax-based medium known as encaustic. She embraces the fluidity and unpredictability of the medium, allowing the paint to guide her creations. Drawing from a wealth of real life experiences and hard-earned lessons, her work explores themes of identity, family relationships, birth, death, and chance. Following the birth of her daughter, Amber decided overnight to return to school and is currently completing an undergraduate degree in Visual Arts at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. Other areas of art that Amber explores are drawing and analog photography, which she also approaches with strong concepts, but a loose set of controls, in an attempt to find meaning in randomness.