Stop by Octavia Art Gallery this month to see Inner Worlds / Outer Worlds featuring paintings by Ann Marie Auricchio and sculptures by Sherry Owens. The exhibition opens on Saturday, February 5 with an opening reception from 4 to 7 p.m.

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Ann Marie Auricchio

Catalyst, 2021

Acrylic on canvas

84 x 90 inches

Ann Marie Auricchio is a New York native who has been living and working in New Orleans for the last several years. Collision with the Unconscious: A Journey of Transformation is her new body of work which will be shown in its entirety at the gallery.

"In Auricchio's new body of work entitled Collision with the Unconscious: A Journey of Transformation, she uses the epic narrative of cycles and journeys to further her explorations of what it feels like and to process the experience of being human; the cataclysmic events that shift us abruptly, the descent into uncomfortable and unknown spaces, and the emergence from the dark shadows to find new hope. Throughout Auricchio's metaphorical series of paintings she references the three levels of consciousness as well as the three elements of Earth, Fire, and Water to represent the conscious world, desire, and the subconscious respectively."

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Ann Marie Auricchio

The Cleansing, 2022

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 64 inches

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Sherry Owens

Mapping the Presence of Water on the Moon, 2017/2022

Crepe myrtle, paint, marble dust, sand, marble chips, pebbles

Dimensions variable

Sherry Owens is from Texas and is currently located in Dallas. "Several of Owens' works in Inner Worlds / Outer Worlds include a human element such as her own hands or elbows cast in bronze. The cast bronze parts might be loosely considered as putting the artist into her work. In recent years she has carved large yokes or forks from the trees into what she calls "elbows," so it was a natural extension for her to add her own elbows cast in bronze, to her sculpture, Grandfather's Land."

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Sherry Owens

Grandfather's Land, 2021

Bronze, patina, crepe myrtle, paint, wax

30 x 46 x 18 inches

Inner Worlds / Outer Worlds will be available to see through Saturday, February 26.

Octavia Art Gallery is located at 700 Magazine Street