Time in Place opens at Greenwich Art Society Gallery

Artwork by Lina Morielli. Photo attached

Greenwich Art Society presents Time in Place – a selection of acrylic and gouache paintings by member Lina Morielli from September 1st to September 30th. An artist reception will be held on September 7th from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM in the Gallery.

At the start of the pandemic, most of us who weren’t essential workers spent our time standing still, and artist Lina Morielli’s recent series Time in Place is a reflection of and catalyzed by the artist’s lived experience of standstill during COVID- 19. Morielli began the series in March 2020, creating 250 works – a substantial output of drawings, paintings, monoprints and collages. The exhibition is curated by Anna Patalano, director of the Greenwich Arts Society Time on the spot (taken from the series name) features a selection of acrylic and gouache paintings from the series.

Subliminally driven, Time in Place is both a reflection and treatment of Morielli’s emotional states brought on by the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and the tumultuous and polarized political climate in the United States.

Like jazz music, the abstract compositions in Time and Place are both frenetic and structured. Anna Patalano said: “Lina Morielli’s magical ability to fuse complex visual elements with a myriad of drawing and painting materials rises above the merely decorative and ‘pretty’.” Her works create wonderful tensions between the beauty of ordered chaos, doomed whimsy and balanced madness. Look and think.”

While Morielli’s compositions have included a combination of allegorical symbols, patterns, and improvisational use of materials over many years, the artist’s sense of urgency translates into her most dynamic, layered, and multifaceted play of line and color to date. Although there is great variety in her imagery, the series as a whole demonstrates the ability of abstraction to communicate inner states signifying reactions to our individual and shared environment, especially in difficult times.

Lina Morielli was born in Montreal, Canada and raised in Darien, Connecticut. Her background in art and design includes studies at Parsons School of Design and three decades in New York designing and editing crafts for Women’s Day and Family circle magazines among others. This experience in craft informs the tactile nature of her studio practice, where Morielli explains “the immediacy of the materials… they help me access and express my ideas quickly”.

After twenty years of living and working in New York, she moved to Stamford, Connecticut in 1987, where she has been an active member of that city’s creative community. President of Stamford’s Loft Artists Association for three years and a board member of approximately a dozen Stamford nonprofits over the past four decades, Morielli has enriched the city’s cultural and educational landscape. In addition to her nonprofit contributions, Morielli has taught after-school and summer art programs, including classes at Stamford’s I Have a Dream Foundation and the Yerwood Center. She has also curated exhibitions in the area, including fifteen years of exhibitions at Stamford’s Mayor’s Gallery.

Morielli’s work has been exhibited widely in Fairfield County, Connecticut, but has also been featured in solo exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles. Her art is in one hundred private collections and has been exhibited publicly as part of the Connecticut Artists Collection, as well as at area hospitals and universities, including: Yale Medical Center, Bridgeport, CT; Stamford Hospital; and Sacred Heart University, College of Education and Health.

Morielli maintains a studio in Stamford and is represented by the Contemporary Art Network. See more of her work on IG @linamorielli and FB Lina Morielli Art

All works may be purchased by contacting the Greenwich Art Society at 203-629-1533 between 9:30am and 3:30pm Monday through Friday or by emailing [email protected]

Greenwich Art Society Gallery is located at 299 Greenwich Avenue. Gallery hours are: 10am-4pm M-F, Sat & Sun 12-4pm.

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