Barbara Laube: First Beach
The Painting Center is pleased to present the exhibition, First Beach, featuring the paintings of Barbara Laube. The subject of her paintings is James Island, which is the sacred burial ground of the Quileute nation, located on the reservation at First Beach. It is on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. As an adult returning to First Beach in 2014, Laube’s childhood and adulthood blended to create a trip laden with vulnerability. Each painting became an ancestor of her grandmother, mother, and father, speaking to her through color and light. Light has always been one of her central focuses. But the light in the trees on the island, in the Pacific Ocean, and in the rainforest, was vast and consummate, as if she were looking at infinity. This is the light that found it’s way onto the canvas. This series is two years of work for Laube that has been brewing for a lifetime.
“When we have passed a certain age, the soul of the child we were and the souls of the dead from whom we have sprung come to lavish on us their riches and their spells.” - Marcel Proust, The Captive
View catalogue: Laube_catalogue.pdf