Andrea Kowch, Soiree, 2019

In this painting, a young woman has a solitary picnic on the hillside, overlooking East Coast farmland, when she is interrupted by a murder of crows who settle in to eat her meal. Kowch states: “Upon further observation, however, we begin to notice that her bountiful picnic appears to have maybe not been completely planned for only her enjoyment alone. Multiple plates in her basket hint at perhaps an unspoken hope and desire, and even preparedness for, and expectation of company. Nature is a language and one that also speaks many.

“In this lively composition, she does not protest the birds’ audacious arrival. Instead, she appears to secretly embrace it. In staying open to chance, and expecting the unexpected, we just may find what we seek—when we least expect it.”

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