Upstate artist Lady Pluuto believes in the strength of people’s hearts, and she is showing her belief in a new exhibition of digital paintings, “Heart Forward: The Resurrection of Love,” Nov. 7 through Dec. 2 in Gallery III of the Artists Collective | Spartanburg.
She will present an artist’s talk on Thursday, Nov. 16, as part of Spartanburg ArtWalk.
“These digital paintings portray a pivotal moment where the heart reawakens after healing from suffering and heartbreak,” Lady Pluuto says, adding that she hopes people walk away with “a new perspective to always believe in the strength of their hearts.”
She continues, “It’s about learning to heal through different forms of heartbreak. I am blessed to have another opportunity to display my work in a place that has played such an important role in my evolution.”
Describing the works as “dreamy, ethereal and colorful,” she says. “Painting is more than just creating art for me, it's therapy. I paint mostly from intuition; it allows me to release emotions to better process them. Because of this, creating art plays a major role along my spiritual journey.
“Through my art, I aim to provide places of solitude for those who also acknowledge their spiraled, never-ending journey through spiritual enlightenment.”
Lady Pluuto, a native of Austell, Georgia, is a self-taught artist who began learning to paint at age 24, following her “spiritual path” through her paintings. She joined the Artists Collective | Spartanburg in 2019.
An artist and muralist based in Spartanburg, she says her choice of medium is acrylic paint. “I also use Procreate for my digital paintings such as the ones in this latest exhibition.” The 20 pieces in the show will be available for purchase with prices ranging from $70 to $464.
“I would like to thank the Chapman Cultural Center for helping my vision come to life by awarding me with my first grant,” she says, adding that she is excited about exhibiting at the Collective again. “I’ve met some of my best friends at ACS. The Collective will always hold a very special place in my heart and soul.”
In February of last year, she had works exhibited at the Bruh Mentor Sneaker Gala. In 2020, her works were exhibited in “Hit Refresh: New Member Exhibit” at the Artists Collective | Spartanburg, “Black Artists of Spartanburg Exhibit” at the Chapman Cultural Center and she assisted the late Madddartist with his “R” in the Black Lives Matter mural in downtown Spartanburg. She also painted a mural inside The Tulip Tree restaurant in downtown Spartanburg.
Previously, she has had works displayed in “An Unfinished Story” in Spartanburg’s Montgomery Building, “Birth Matters Garden Party and Silent Auction,” Habitat for Humanity Spartanburg’s “Upcycled Art Show” and Thomas Koenig’s exhibit “Seeing Big.”