Dara Engler

You Can Never Go Home

January 26-March 8 2023 

Opening Reception 1/26 5 – 6:30pm

Artist Talk March 2, 6pm in the Gallery

You Can Never Go Home is an exploration of past places and current worry.  The rate of change has increased rapidly in our world.  We all imagined our futures and now those futures seem so much more unpredictable. These pieces escape to the past – exploring memory wandering illogically through childhood homes and old apartments, focusing on vignettes of objects and moments of significance.  As the past gets further away, we can no longer keep a foot in both the past and present.  We expected to return to “normal” after the pandemic, but upheaval is the new normal.  This homage to prior safe spaces is a step toward letting go, confronting anxiety, and being present.

Dara Engler received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of New Hampshire and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. She was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, followed by a recipient group show at the Cue Art Foundation in New York, NY. Dara has been included in New American Paintings and Manifest’s International Drawing Annual and has received fellowships to attend the Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony, and Saltonstall Foundation residencies. Her work has been shown nationally in galleries and museums. She teaches painting and drawing at Ithaca College.