“The Gods Who Feed Us” by artist Ramona Stacy Nixon is one of 61 works of art selected for the Artists Alliance Biennale 2022 at the Oceanside Museum of Art.
Nixon’s work, a large 40-by-26-foot piece that combines wax bound on paper with hand-cut stencils and an overlay of pigments and gold leaf, is on display until May 1.
He was chosen from over 900 nominations for the exhibition which takes place every two years.
“I was very happy and a little surprised,” said Nixon, 40. That’s a lot of registrations and my job is definitely not for everyone. When it doesn’t have general appeal, it’s always nice to be recognized.
Part of what makes her piece unique is the use of encaustic wax, she said. Instead of working with a typical paint like oil, she heated beeswax with earth pigments and combined with real gold and silver leaf.
“The idea behind the work, or the feeling it expresses, is my interest in the unconscious links that connect humans to each other and how it works in time and space,” he said. she declared. “It’s definitely about worshiping the natural world and how it translates from ancient times to the present day.”
The Biennale exhibition presents the current work of living artists. It contains a variety of mediums, including paintings, drawings, multimedia works, video works, sculptures, ceramics and wood, said Katie Dolgov, director of exhibits and collections at the Oceanside Museum.
Exhibition juror Alessandra Moctezuma, an art professor and gallery director at San Diego Mesa College, was particularly drawn to works of art featuring hope, nature and a healthy escape, said Dolgov.
“While the sections look different, all tell a story the juror saw emerge from the submissions,” Dolgov said. “Although many approaches, concepts and media were submitted, the juror was really exploring times of uncertainty but finding hope and peace there.”
The show celebrates the best work of the Artist Alliance of the Oceanside Museum of Art, which has more than 300 members, including Nixon, she said.
Nixon is a self-taught artist who said her style has evolved over the years. Her work took a radical turn from her earlier abstract or non-figurative pieces when she received a scholarship for a three-week residency program at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Virginia in 2020.
“When I was there I started working on incorporating symbols and figures and a lot of things that I now use in my art,” she said. “It was kind of a change for me after this residency program.
“It was a great honor to be chosen for this, especially as part of a scholarship. It was a lot for me to leave my family for so long because I have a few kids, but it made a huge difference. It really took my art a lot further and made me a lot clearer about how I wanted to use representation in my work.
Nixon said she started showing her art regularly in 2016 and her work has since been exhibited in various galleries, including the Santa Ysabel Art Gallery, the Aethanaeum in La Jolla and Blue Line Arts in Sonoma.
But the presentation at the Biennale Artist Alliance is remarkable, Nixon said, because it gives his art exposure to more gallery visitors during the long exposure.
“A lot of new faces see the artwork, and this exhibition of local artists is so precious,” she said. “Having art checked by a large museum is a boost in being able to reach collectors.”
Nixon said she was in the process of creating large commission paintings that use the human form in combination with symbols. She describes them as “colorful, exciting and really rich”.
“I love being an artist because there are so many things we want to express and want to talk about and sometimes there are no words to say what you want to communicate or connect with another person” , Nixon said. “I feel like my artwork is taking people to a place they might not be able to go on their own.”
Nixon said she plans to host an open studio in Ramona this spring.
For more information on “The Gods Who Feed Us” and other works of art, contact Nixon by email at [email protected]. Or visit her website at stacynixonart.com and on Instagram @artstacynixon.
The Oceanside Museum of Art, located at 704 Pier View Way in Oceanside, hosts 10 to 15 rotating exhibitions each year, and the galleries are redesigned for each exhibition.