Fire And Water
May 7, 2016 - June 13, 2016
Fire And Water is a collection of new paintings and drawings that explores the delicate balance between the two opposing yet interconnected forces, which have had large impacts both globally and locally. Both elements hold a beauty that is powerful and necessary for all living things, yet can also cause chaos and destruction.
Fire And Water affect our daily lives and remind us of the impermanence and fragility of everything around us. During the recent drought, we have learned to conserve and appreciate water, recognizing its necessity for the survival and growth of all living things. Alternately, considering the rising sea levels, Young envisions a world where cities might actually be under water.
Similarly, fire has played a huge role in Young’s life, having personally experienced four major fires in the last several years. Most recently, a massive forest fire that burned less than a mile from her home in Grass Valley was a stark wake-up call. These natural disasters affected her deeply on a subconscious level, so she translates some of those emotions to paper, wood, and canvas.
Ursula Xanthe Young is a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer whose urban fairy tale images have become a trademark of street culture in San Francisco and beyond. She finds inspiration in the organic yet urban landscape of the city and its surroundings, and is also highly influenced by her travels and the variety of beings that she encounters along the way. She holds a degree from Parsons School of Design in Illustration.