Calethia DeConto "Gently Wild" Aug 4th - Sept 30th
Calethia DeConto: "Gently Wild"
Show run: August 4th - September 30th, 2017
“Somewhere in between my bones and soul I feel gently wild and always have. It's a quiet ferocity like weeds pushing through concrete or a murmuration of birds above traffic lights in Los Angeles. The natural world is my deepest source of inspiration and fascination. Gently Wild is a visual love note to some spirits I have met along the way who have helped me evolve a little bit more and reminded this body how we all connect.”
On August 4th, Wolff Gallery reopens in Eastside Portland with Gently Wild, a photo-based solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Calethia DeConto. DeConto’s series is a mixture of black-and-white photographs, cyanotypes, and collages that reflect her deep spiritual connection to the natural world, particularly the ocean. DeConto also draws inspiration for much of her imagery from the Yoruba goddess of the living ocean, Yemayá, who is believed to be the source of all life and whose colors are traditionally blue and white.
Calethia DeConto (b. 1980) is a visual artist whose work explore themes of nature worship, the divine feminine, intimacy and our relationship between body and soul.
Born into a military family that quickly became divided, Calethia spent the majority of her childhood and adolescence in about a dozen different places stateside and abroad. Over a five year period she studied photography at two city colleges while printing and developing copious amounts of film for a professional photo lab in Carlsbad, Ca. While assisting other photographers at the age of twenty-three Calethia began shooting commercially and soon had her own thriving photography business.
In 2007 she moved to Los Angeles to exhibit her photography in group exhibitions, galleries and alternative venues. Her greatest source of inspiration is the western coastline, odd postures, subtle movements and natural artifacts she finds. Calethia is an admirer of the Surrealists and all things Avant Garde. Her studies in Vedic,Yoruba and Shaman philosophies have become threads woven into her own esoteric world; part personal cosmology and part mystery.
images © Calethia DeConto