FROM WITHIN OURSELVES WE SEE

Michelle Avery Konczyk & Rebecca Reeves
dual exhibition

December 4th, 2020

Arch Enemy Arts presents “From Within Ourselves We See,” a dynamic twenty-four-piece joint feature by Michelle Avery Konczyk and Rebecca Reeves that is in fact years in the making. As soon as Reeves and Konczyk met, they knew they wanted to do a show together, and AEA is honored they approached us with the concept. Reeves says, “Throughout the creating process, [Konczyk and I] would Zoom and text frequently. We had our own individual list of pieces and took into consideration how they would complement one another…Our two styles just seemed to naturally flow together…[and] the ideas just kept pouring out.” That spirit of inspiration and experimentation is palpable in the work.

 

Moreover, both artists draw upon deeply personal narratives, adding an emotional depth to the dark yet elegant imagery they share. Reeves employs a “cocooning technique,” where she wraps thread and beading to represent the suffocating feeling of losing a loved one, a feeling the artist knows all too well. In “Circle of Sorrow,” Reeves draws inspiration from “a memorial wreath for a dearly departed” as well as Victorian mourning objects that “preserve the memory and stories of [her] deceased loved ones.”

 

Michelle Avery Konczyk too uses her work as a meditation on herself and her own experiences. In “What I Keep In Tiny Boxes,” Konczyk melds beautifully rendered watercolors into a sculptural box (or frame) that includes a piece of her own poetry, something that took quite a bit of courage for her to include. Konczyk explains, “As a child I would write songs and stories and draft full-length plays…Its weird loving something so much [just to have] someone who means a whole lot to you tear you apart to the point you don’t do it anymore.” With this in mind, the piece becomes a visual rendering of how Konczyk compartmentalized these different parts of herself, hiding them away until now that she’s found the strength to celebrate them. 

 

Finally, we cannot talk about this show without talking about the materials Reeves and Konczyk employ. Just as these artists imbue their own personal histories into their work, the materials they use carry personal histories of their own. Not fifty years ago, beading, thread, and watercolor would have been relegated as “lower,” “craft,” and “female.” But Konczyk and Reeves seem emboldened by these histories, just as they seem emboldened by the challenging parts of their past. They use beading, string, and watercolor almost in defiant celebration of themselves and their femininity, their experiences and their hardships. They tell us that it is only “from within ourselves” that we may truly see.

FROM WITHIN OURSELVES WE SEE will be on view from December 4th - 30th, 2020.
Sold works will begin to ship the week of January 11th. 

Private viewing appointments are available by emailing info@archenemyarts.com to schedule. 

items marked with a red dot are sold

Michelle Avery Konczyk
"What I Keep in Tiny Boxes" (2020)
watercolor on paper, spray varnished, mounted in antique printing tray
15" x 7.5"
$1300 USD
Michelle Avery Konczyk
"Lost In You" (2020)
watercolor on paper, mounted to custom cut wood panel, varnished
9" x 14"
$1300
Michelle Avery Konczyk
"And Around To You" (2020)
watercolor on paper, mounted to custom cut wood panel, vanished
12" tondo
$1200 USD
Michelle Avery Konczyk
"One for You, One for Me" (2020)
Watercolor on paper, mounted to custom cut wood panel, varnished and tied together with string
11.5" x 12.5"
$2200 USD
Michelle Avery Konczyk
"Hanging Over Me" (2020)
watercolor on paper, mounted to custom cut wood panel, varnished and tied together with string
10.5" x 9"
$800 USD
Michelle Avery Konczyk
"Eye and Flowers" (2020)
watercolor on paper, mounted to custom cut wood panel, varnished and tied together with string
5" x 8"
$375 USD
Michelle Avery Konczyk
"Sad Eye" (2020)
watercolor on paper, mounted to custom cut wood panel, varnished and tied together with string
4" x 7"
$300 USD
Michelle Avery Konczyk
"Sister Eye 1" (2020)
watercolor on paper, mounted to custom cut wood panel, varnished and tied together with string
10" x 5"
$250 USD
Michelle Avery Konczyk
"Sister Eye 2" (2020)
watercolor on paper, mounted to custom cut wood panel, varnished and tied together with string
10" x 5"
$250 USD
Michelle Avery Konczyk
"Eye Bloop" (2020)
watercolor on paper, mounted to custom cut wood panel, varnished and tied together with string
9" x 7"
$400 USD
Michelle Avery Konczyk
"Sharp Eye" (2020)
watercolor on paper, mounted to custom cut wood panel, varnished and tied together with string
6" x 9.5"
$550 USD
"From Within Ourselves We See I"
a collaboration: Michelle Avery Konczyk & Rebecca Reeves
watercolor on paper, hand-beaded flowers, mounted on custom cut wood panel
6.5" x 23" x 2"
$1100 USD
"From Within Ourselves We See II"
a collaboration: Michelle Avery Konczyk & Rebecca Reeves
watercolor on paper, hand-beaded flowers, mounted on custom cut wood panel
6.5" x 23" x 2"
$1100 USD
Rebecca Reeves
"Circle of Sorrow" (2020)
hand-beaded leaves/berries, antique porcelain doll heads, industrial felt, custom frame, plexi dome
19" x 19" x 6.5"
$2600 USD
Rebecca Reeves
"Grief Cloud" (2020)
needle felted wool, beads, industrial felt, antique porcelain doll eye, antique frame
8.5" x 6.5" x 2"
$450 USD
Rebecca Reeves
"Grasping for Hope" (2020)
hand-beaded antique flowers, antique porcelain doll head and hand, thread, industrial felt, antique frame
9.5" x 11.5" x 2"
$725 USD
Rebecca Reeves
"Silent Breath" (2020)
hand beaded flowers, antique porcelain doll, thread, industrial felt, custom frame
6.5" x 8" x 3"
$750 USD
Rebecca Reeves
"Return To The Garden" (2020)
hand-beaded leaves, antique porcelain dolls, industrial felt, custom frame
9" x 9" x 3"
$800 USD
Rebecca Reeves
"Bound Together in Life & Death" (2020)
hand-beaded flowers, antique dolls, thread, industrial felt, custom frame
6.5" x 8" x 3"
$850 USD
Rebecca Reeves
"We All Become Flowers Again" (2020)
hand-beaded flowers, antique porcelain doll hands, thread, industrial felt, antique frame
7.5" x 12.5" x 2"
$550 USD
Rebecca Reeves
"Broken Within" (2020)
hand-beaded flowers, antique porcelain doll, thread, industrial felt, antique frame
4.5" x 5" x 1"
$400 USD
Rebecca Reeves
"With Me" (2020)
hand-beaded flowers, beads, antique porcelain doll head, thread, industrial felt, antique frame
5" x 5" x 2"
$375 USD
Rebecca Reeves
"With You" (2020)
beads, antique porcelain doll head, thread, industrial felt, antique frame
5" x 5" x 2"
$375 USD
Rebecca Reeves
"Woe" (2020)
beads, antique porcelain doll hand, thread, industrial felt, antique frame
4.5" x 7" x 1"
$225 USD
Rebecca Reeves
"Broken Beyond Words, Damaged Beyond Repair" (2020)
beaded flowers, porcelain dolls, felt, thread
15"h x 13"w x 4"d
$1500 USD
Rebecca Reeves
"Relic II" (2020)
beads, porcelain doll hand, felt, thread, antique frame
3" x 4.5"
$200 USD
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Rebecca Reeves

"With Me" (2020) hand-beaded flowers, beads, antique porcelain doll head, thread, industrial felt, antique frame 5" x 5" x 2" $375 USD