Author: Genie Davis 

Through October 15th

The U.K.-based artist’s show revolves around the vast titular piece, which spans an impressive 84 x 284 inches. Acrylic on canvas, the black and white work is intensely detailed, almost obsessively so, but in a grand way. The lines and forms drawn here are epic in size and scale, appearing as braided rope, silk cords, feathers, fur, chains, flowers, embroidered fabric – the stuff and scope of dreams. There is an aspect of the psychedelic, of raw magic in the piece. The work is so large and absorbing that viewers could easily fall down an absorbing rabbit hole and never take their eyes from this one singular, mural-size work.

But that would be a mistake. Other beautifully crafted pieces fill the gallery space. Ward’s bronze sculptures, ink drawings, and gesso on ink series are all equally compelling.

Her bronze sculpture “Offering to the Luna Sea,” features a halo-like circle of gold, a magical moon rising over coral that resembles fragile flowers. The mysterious, seemingly antique – like something unearthed in a magical, haunted cave – ink on mother of pearl mounted drawings are translucent and alive. “Diluvian” gives us the swirl of the sea and a sea-shell-like shape, as if the ocean were contained but barely constrained inside her work. “The Billows Wild” looks like cloud and wind suspended over a sea creature or the sea itself.

Cathy Ward – Phantasmata. The Good Luck Gallery. Photo Cretdit Genie Davis.  Cathy Ward – Phantasmata. The Good Luck Gallery. Photo Cretdit Kristine Schomaker.