An adventure into surrealism and symbology awaits viewers at Redwood Curtain Theatre as the paintings of Carin Billings are on display. Billings’ images typically show female bodies that are shifted and distorted in interesting ways. “I love making representational images that are not based in reality” Billings explains. “I also like my pieces to explore the power held by women. I find the female form very beautiful, but I like to play with stretching or dropping out body parts to see what power is still there to be wielded.”
Growing up, Billings attended the Children’s Art Academy at Humboldt State University until she turned 18. She also studied for a summer at an art school in Italy. At an early age Billings learned the fundamentals of creating art in various media, but also the basic art principles of balance, proportion, form, color, texture, etc. Her preference now is painting and she especially prefers to paint with oils, though her works also include some graphite and charcoal drawings. She continues her education currently with the help of YouTube and reading books.
Billings’ inspiration often comes from fairy tales and mythology. But she also finds doodles that she revisits can also lead to the creation of new pieces. Her newest work plays with melding creatures together – a human head sits on the body of a bird, a woman’s body sits on an egg, with the head of a bird. Several of these pieces will be on display in the upcoming show.
Billings’ paintings will be in the lobby gallery at Redwood Curtain Theatre for the months of October and November, and through the theatrical production of Rabbit Hole which runs October 31 thru November 23, 2019. The Redwood Curtain theatre and gallery are located at 220 1 st Street, Eureka. For additional information about Arts Alive at Redwood Curtain Theatre, Billings’ art show or the upcoming theatre production visit www.redwoodcurtain.com or call the theatre at 707-443-7688.