This Catalog of Betsy Eby's work coincides with her solo exhibition You Are the Sky at Octavia Art Gallery in New Orleans, May 1st through the 29th, 2021. It contains an essay by Charlie Tatum.
The artist’s show at Octavia Art Gallery in New Orleans takes its title from a meditation by Pema Chödrön: “You are the sky. Everything else—it’s just the weather.” Eby’s recent works in turn offer moments to consider one’s place within the world. The waxy ecru color that forms her paintings serves as a sort of ground against which to examine Eby’s varied compositions, and her short colorful marks seem to either peacefully drift across the field or turbulently bubble up to create the mood. Through her artworks, Eby shows us that sky and weather are part of the same whole, and that no matter the changing storms, what can remain constant is what we, as viewers, bring to them.