Posted at 12:50 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015

Updated at 2:51 p.m. Sept. 29, 2015

'Portals to Kairos' connects students to art

Natalia Wrobel

Art galleries are ways artists can deliver creative interpretations and show the interesting ways they express themselves through their work but what Laramie County Community College’s Ed and Caren Murray Art Series will present in its up-and-coming art gallery series is an artist who wants to do more than that—she wants to show what her work can offer her audience.

Director of alumni affairs and event planning Lisa Trimble said, “We are very excited to have an individual of such high caliber visit LCCC.”

The nationally known artist, Natalia Wróbel, who the Murray family has chosen to present in their art series, will showcase her event titled “Portals to Kairos” in the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery from Oct. 19–Nov. 23.

In the series, Wróbel portrays what the mind experiences in meditation, prayer and relaxed attentiveness by drawing from images of neural networks and capturing these imagined worlds suspended in time. Painting for Wróbel is a moving meditation and a way to ignite a mode of being and entering into Kairos, or the “time in between,” Wróbel said of the Greek word meaning “the supreme moment.”

Wróbel, a Polish-American, grew up in Warsaw, Poland, and La Jolla, California, and has lived most of her adult life in New England. In preschool she outlined her body in black ink, and since then, she has loved to use art as a way to visually depict an experience and spiritual expression.    

“Sometimes a simple black line on paper can be the most satisfying expression.” Wróbel said of ink, a medium she’s used since age three.

She said she finds making art to be a moral imperative to engage, communicate and understand the world in a new perspective. “My love for art-making comes from this very primal, visceral place,” Wróbel said.
Wróbel’s attention to detail in the studio helps create an incredible fullness in her work. “I hope my paintings can serve as portals for the viewer to enter into their own Kairos,” Wróbel said.

“Spending time in the studio is the top priority,” Wróbel said. “And an avenue to living a fulfilling, meaningful life.”
Always trying to figure out a way to engage in the creation of art as much as possible, she has been able to sustain her passion of “art-making” by using two of her other favorite mediums: oil paint and watercolors.

Wróbel finds oil paint “luscious, malleable and luminous and has the ability to catch light brilliantly.” She said she often mixes and dilutes it with liquid mediums like gamsol and linseed oil and likes using oil paint on canvas with thin layers and thickly painted impasto.

When painting with watercolors, she takes advantage of the medium’s transparent and opaque look by mixing it with chalk and oil pastels for works on paper. For an optical and physical look, she uses the watercolor mixture to create many layers over as much space as possible.

Considering her work to be a vessel of energy between her and her audience, Wróbel seeks to encourage viewers to explore their imagination beyond the canvas and create positive responses like joy, curiosity, calmness, and inspiration and “most importantly, wonder.”

“The painting is just the beginning,” she said. “This is a goal, to create these kinds of high-energy works of art.”

Currently living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and previously studying in Studio Art at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, the Lorenzo de’Medici Institute in Italy, and the New York Studio School, Wróbel has shared her paintings in numerous private, public, national and international collections. Some of her work has been shown in art fairs including Art Basel: Miami, Art South Hampton, and Texas Contemporary. As an avid traveler, she has painted internationally in countries such as Australia, Thailand, Mexico, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Italy and Austria. She has lectured in Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and The Evans School in La Jolla, California. She has been awarded the Mercedes Matter painting fellowship and the Wolfenden Fine Arts Prize among others.
“This is an amazing opportunity for students at LCCC,” Trimble said. “Natalia is very personable and excited to share with others how her artwork has impacted people across the United States and how she has been able to make this her career.”

“Portals to Kairos” will feature a number of Wróbel’s works including Portal to Kairos I, Totem IV, Impression II, Quickly Beating Heart and others. Wróbel will visit classes on campus and share her experiences and techniques in a lecture at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19 in the Science Center, Room 121 followed by a gallery show and reception held at 8 p.m. in the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery.

"Portals to Kairos"

Health Science rooms 111 and 113

7 p.m. Oct. 19

Gallery show and reception in Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery