Laguna Beach gallery AR4T presents the first Laguna Beach showing by the female artist collective Splendor Device for “The Wilde Abyss,” opening March 2, 2013, with a reception from 6pm to 9pm. Eighteen women artists, inspired by the relationship of a quote in John Milton’s Paradise Lost to the Phillip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials, like Pullman’s heroine, stand
on the edge of a new world, breathing in fire, shore, sea & air, navigating the chasm between good and evil, while using their own materials to create new realms and beyond.
Milton’s “Wilde Abyss” is also an allusion to female anatomy, making the blind poet’s quote all the more nuanced:
Paradise Lost — Book 2, lines 910–920:
Into this wilde Abyss,
The Womb of nature and perhaps her Grave,
Of neither Sea, nor Shore, nor Air, nor Fire,
But all these in their pregnant causes mixt
Confus’dly, and which thus must ever fight,
Unless th’ Almighty Maker them ordain
His dark materials to create more Worlds,
Into this wilde Abyss the warie fiend
Stood on the brink of Hell and look’d a while,
Pondering his Voyage; for no narrow frith
He had to cross.
Splendor Device brings togetherwomen artists from across the globe, sharing gallery walls, friendship, and artistic inspiration. These ladies are influenced by themes of the natural and supernatural, mythology, history, science and the occult. Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow with the help of Splendor Device Founder Kelly Castillo, has invited 18 members of the collective to create work specifically for this show.
“This Wilde Abyss” runs through April 3, and the AR4T will be open for the Laguna Beach’s First Thursdays Art Walk, March 7, 2013, from 6pm to 9pm.