Gananoque artist brings dark romantic prose of Edgar Allan Poe to canvas

A new exhibit is coming to Studio22 in downtown Kingston, featuring decapitated heads, protruding eyeballs, dismembered corpses and boxes of teeth.

Image via Studio22.

While these are perhaps not the first images the mind conjures up when recalling children’s bedtime stories, the studio shared that it was the evocative writings of Edgar Allen Poe read to her as a child by her father that stirred the mind and completely captured the imagination of artist Teri Wing.

According to a media release, these strong visual memories from early childhood, triggered by Poe’s poems of mystery and torment, served as a catalyst in Wing’s creative journey, stimulated the ongoing cultivation of her craft, and influenced the trajectory of her artistic development.

With this brand new body of work, Wing brings the master of macabre’s dark romantic prose to canvas in her second solo show with Studio22. Romancing the Poem opens on Tuesday, May 10, and runs until Friday, Jun. 3, 2022.

As an artist that has always had a fascination with the inner workings of the human mind, Wing’s latest exhibit takes the viewer into a world that goes beyond appearances and visually captures the dark side of imagination, the studio said. According to the release, the exhibit agitates and excites — it’s no wonder Wing so fondly treasures the memories of terror that lurk beneath the deceptively beguiling book covers of Edgar Allen Poe.

“Strange and unexpected things wake up your mind. The wilder and more extraordinary the image, the more pleasure we gain from it. We are attracted to things that interest our curiosity more than fanciful things, they open up and stir your mind with new images and a way of thinking,” Wing stated.

Teri Wing is an artist living in Gananoque, Ontario. Prior to being represented by Studio22, she sold her art independently from her home studio.

“Inspired and excited by dramatic lighting, the artist paints with oils using palette knife and flat brush as well as cold wax as a medium to add layers and textures,” the release reads. “Wing first joined Studio22 as a represented artist in 2019 and had her first solo ‘Counterpart’ in February of that same year. Today she is one of the gallery’s best selling artists. Wing volunteers giving art classes at her local Center for Community Living for people with mental and physical challenges.”

Romancing the Poem is on exhibit at Studio22 from Tuesday May 10 until Friday June 3, 2022. Learn more about Studio22 on their website.

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