“I see life as a journey, and we all know the beginning, but none of us know the end. Life is full of its ups and downs. However, we have a job to do, and that’s to get love from one generation to the next.” – Mackenzie Thorpe’s
Circulate with like-minded people who share a mutual love for art at the Marcus Ashley Gallery. Many find joy and comfort within the brick and mortar walls of this hallowed establishment. Between exploring and viewing the exhibits on display, visitors enjoy poring over the collection of art books. If you feel drawn to emotionally immersive pieces, do check out Mackenzie Thorpe’s art.
We Need a Bigger Boat is a classic example of Thorpe’s dark yet hopeful themes. In this piece, two men struggle to hoist a massive heart into their tiny boat. The title of the painting states the obvious that the boat is too small to take on the gigantic heart. Nonetheless, the two men attempt to pull it out of the turbulent waters.
Thorpe’s uses his hands to trace the ominous, billowing dark smoke in the air. Hints of amber suggest that a roaring blaze lies ahead. It’s as if the two men are desperately trying to cling to love in a world that’s up in flames. Thorpe’s shows us how in moments of terror, love is ultimately the only thing worth saving.