Anyone who has visited the Andean region of Peru knows the spirit of this part of the world stays with you. Breathtaking mountains lined with terraced fields of crops reflect the balance between humans and nature that has been the way of life here for centuries. Vibrant colors make up the aesthetic of clothing, headwear and drapery found throughout the high-altitude Andean villages, towns and cities. It is this backdrop that inspired artist Gina Freschet to create her latest body of work, displayed at Globe Fine Art.
“These latest works I describe as the Peruvian or the Sacred Valley series, based as they are on a journey taken to the Andes,” says Freschet. “During a visit in the high mountains to a family of weavers, I was struck by the way they combined colors. All of their colors are vivid and made from natural materials found in their surroundings.”
Freschet’s paintings capture this expansive color palette exquisitely. Many of the pieces feature a background reminiscent of woven fabric, with bands of color stacked into meaningful compositions, upon which sit Freschet’s abstract subjects. The work feels both exotic yet deeply familiar. The complexity of the color choices transmits an expanding sensation to the viewer, as if there’s a deeper message to deliver, but the viewer must first be opened up in order to receive it.
“These people took disparate colors and smashed them together, forcing them to exist in a sort of discordant harmony,” explains Freschet. “I had seen none of these color combinations in the Northern Hemisphere, and, unexpectedly, all of them worked. Brilliantly.” She continues, “After this exposure and subsequent study, I am convinced that certain color combinations result in a vibratory frequency in the viewer.” This pleasant display of the unexpected is part of the lure of Freschet’s Sacred Valley series, and while the color combinations result in a shift of vibratory frequency, it is Freschet’s translation of this effect into her own voice that makes this body of work truly unique.
And this series has found the perfect gallery home at Globe Fine Art. This bright, open space hosts a diverse collection of art ranging from oil paintings to glass sculpture. Owner and director Steve Cie values originality above all else, and the result is a standout gallery nestled at the top of the renowned Canyon Road. When asked how Freschet’s work fits into the collection, Cie states, “Globe Fine Art is known for its display of color. These works fit well in furthering that distinction.” But beyond color, the emotional frequency of Freschet’s work is also right at home at Globe, where the art patron is offered solace and calm from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.
Art is meant to be impactful. Emotional response, provocation of thought and perception of meaning are the currency of great art of any medium. In her Sacred Valley series, Freschet successfully conveys all three. Expressive, vibrant and engaging, these studies in color and frequency pull on the viewer’s heartstrings and lift the viewer out of the everyday humdrum. From the beauty of Peru’s Sacred Valley, Freschet has transported something exotic and magical, imparting it to the canvas with vision and skill.
“I want to produce a physical sensation in the viewer and to elicit an emotional response,” Freschet says. “My aim is to create visually mouthwatering paintings. I literally want to make people salivate, to feel an inner tingle of electricity, to momentarily lose their balance. Art should affect you.”