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Blanche Nettles Powers: Structures of Comfort

Laney Contemporary Fine Art is pleased to present Structure ofComfort, an exhibition of recent work by Savannah-based artist Blanche Nettles Powers. A reception will be announced for early August. Process-based, semi-monochromatic paintings explore the dichotomy of intention and accident, through the action of painting, with the goal of comfortable resolution. The title of this exhibition has been appropriated from Katharine Kolcaba’s theory Taxonomic Structure of Comfort, also known as Comfort Grid. This theory is a means to assess and provide comfort to hospitalized medical patients. The grid is composed of “Type of Comfort” (relief, ease, and transcendence) and “Context in which Comfort Occurs” (physical, psycho-spiritual, environmental, and sociocultural). (Kolcaba) The exhibition title is in reference to the comfort that caregivers provide during our current unprecedented time of Covid-19. The title also correlates to the grid structure of fabric. Swatches of fabric and images of handwoven carpets are used as reference material, as an entry-point into the paintings.

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