‘Joyful Despair’ at Stunningly Strange Gallery

Aug 08, 2013
Original artwork by artist Kendra Binney.

Can despair be joyful at the same time? On Aug. 15, Stunningly Strange Gallery will explore this concept by hosting a solo show titled “Joyful Despair” featuring original artwork by artist Kendra Binney.

“Painting is my way of processing the world around me. I’m often struck by the importance of fleeting moments, the perpetuity of their impermanence, and my inability to understand any of it,” Binney said.

“The world can be often despairing, and fiercely cruel, and then I see something that makes it all completely endearing regardless.”

Primarily focused on characters and animals, Binney’s work consists of pastel washes and coatings of resin. The color palettes and collages transport the viewer to a gentle state of nostalgia and unrest at the same time.

Binney grew up in a small mountain town where most of her time was spent with the creatures and critters of the outdoors. She now spends most of her days in her studio in Portland, Ore., where she dreams and paints.

Stunningly Strange Gallery is at 407 Main Street Edmonds WA. Store hours are 10-6 Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-5 Sundays.

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