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The Silent World

The Silent World, Isabelle Cureux Exhibit August 5 - 27, 2016 Artist's Talk and Reception August 12, 2016 7-9PM Gallery Hours: Fridays 10AM - 5PM; Saturdays 10AM - 4PM and by appointment. Please call 703-998-6260.

Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once we grow up. – Pablo Picasso

In The Silent World, artist, Isabelle Cureux explore the intricacies of creativity and the effect of society, education, and age on the creative process. Children tend to have free and open minds in terms of creativity and imagination, whereas adults tend to be scared of creation – or assume they’re going to fail. Is it a lack of ability, or fear getting in the way of creativity as we age?

The Silent World asks the questions: what happens to the creative human mind as we get older and how do the rigid societal expectations associated with education and creative ability morph our creative processes?

Named as an homage to the work of the 1950’s deep water explorer, Jacques Cousteau – The Silent World engages students ranging from Pre-school to Doctoral degrees. Each group will be given the same prompt:

“95% of the ocean is still unexplored. Make something that’s never been seen before that you think lives in the deep ocean.”

In addition to having the same prompt, each participant gets the same materials and time frame to complete their piece. The primary medium for The Silent World will be painting and low relief.

The Silent World is rooted in the community because it is created by the community. After the creation process, 2-3 pieces per demographic group will be selected for an exhibit in the Gallery at Convergence in Alexandria, Virginia. The creators of the pieces selected for the show will be invited with their families to attend the show opening. They will be asked to discuss their pieces with the community. Throughout the project, from pre-planning to conclusion, there will be a blog at DiscoveringTheSilentWorld.blogspot.com to enable community members to follow the day-to-day progress of the project.

“My true hope is that the project will open a dialogue within the community regarding how our creativity is affected by our age and societal expectations. As the viewers read the quotes from the interviews and see the finished pieces, they will not only be able to discuss this question, but will be able to connect with other members of the community through introspection and shared creative habits and feelings.”


Isabel Cureux is a mixed-media sculptor and painter, Isabel creates an experience for each viewer through manipulation of senses and environment. Her art challenges the audience to see their own experiences through the filter of each piece and begs the question “what happened here?”

Isabel studied various art mediums at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and at Wells College in Paris, France. Her art has been displayed at the Special Collections Library at Virginia Commonwealth University, and has been featured at multiple shows in Paris, France, as well as in the US. In the summer of 2015 she curated Unburied: The Secrets We Keep at Convergence in Alexandria, VA and shortly after was the recipient of the largest grant to date from the CRAVE micro-grant program. Isabel has most recently appeared in the New Projects Studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center with her community project The Silent World.

When she is not creating art, she spends her time accumulating new experiences by reading, exploring nature, and asking her dog to answer life’s toughest questions.

  Follow The Silent World blog here. Visit the Convergence Exhibits page to view upcoming and past exhibits.

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