Shawna Khalily grants us a peep inside herself – a place to scrutinize what lies beyond the surface through images that are ripe with religious iconography, themes of love and a small dose of the sinister. Her swirling woodcuts are rendered in precise detail through the use of finely cut dynamic lines. She also expands on traditional Japanese printmaking techniques and includes touches of paint and color that enrich and enliven her compositions. Khalily’s work has an exquisite grace that finesses the senses through rich depth created by visually complex layers.
From the Artist:
"I live in Louisville, Kentucky. My home is called Kasbah Khalily, which I share with my two children, almost ready for college, and my two Australian Shepherds. The adjoining studio is called Gallery ExVoto. An image of this Latin phrase is my print stamp and is also a tattoo on my left arm. It means a work of art as a sacred gift or offering."