Toni Lane + Alanna Reeves 

“In Search of Solid Ground”

July 10 – August 28, 2021

Through painting, drawing, and printmaking, Art Enables resident artist Toni Lane and visiting artist Alanna Reeves explore themes of displacement, vulnerability, identity, and the effects of identity discontinuity on mental health and wellbeing. In these works, historical and cultural forces manifest as shifting landscapes to be navigated and questioned. Lane and Reeves sort through both what’s longed for and unwanted, foreign and familiar, past and present, seeking self-knowledge and stability.

 In Toni Lane’s drawings, stylized human figures are central, and arms and hands are expressive and urgent messengers. They prod, embrace and make desperate requests for help. Some of Lane’s subjects are at risk of drowning – in churning waters, unwelcome attention, or under the emotional weight of circumstance. In one work, we can see the water is symbolic – prescription medication bottles tumble under the surface of waves rising in surreal fashion inside the interior of a home, an arm outthrust in a plea for assistance. In other works, the arms are a safe harbor: the embrace of a lover or the overlapping touches of three generations of women in “My Grandmother’s Hands.” Lane communicates emotions directly in her work, but she also utilizes more subtle signifiers. In “Mal-Treat (Know the Sign)”, the raised fist is not a sign of aggression. Rather, the thumb tucked under closed fingers indicates the signal for requesting help in situations of domestic violence. In all of her works, Lane renders potent human desires, needs, and struggles with immediacy, sensitive to the ebb and flow of traversing one’s own emotional and psychological terrain.

 In Alanna Reeves’ paintings and prints, the landscape is more literal but no more certain. Monochromatic trees and plants call on a specific place – the partly unknown homeland of the artist’s ancestors. Mixed with accumulated grids and book pages, this imagery references guides from which the artist has learned and deviated. The components are shuffled, dreamlike and liquid in their mingling. In two paintings - “Lake Hebron” and “Montego” - a figure reaches through actual water and ice to orient itself. In other works, short lines of handwritten text float in open space. Dwarfed by their surroundings, their smallness gives them a quiet, tentative presence. These are fragments pulled from the private spaces of an introspective mind, reflections on the meaning of identity within and without a community with whom to share it. “What is mine?” one print asks, continuing, “Nothing has been given so I have to create it.” Reeves’ use of the ghost print – the second passing in the monotype process that yields a fainter deposit of ink – is an apt visual rhyme for the ghosts of the past. Knowledge diffused through generations reaches us in ethereal traces, incomplete guideposts in the search for solid ground.

Public gallery hours: Thursdays 5 – 7 p.m  and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Alanna Reeves 
Montego, 2021
acrylic on raw canvas
44 x 36 in
$2,000

Alanna Reeves 
Lake Hebron, 2021
acrylic on raw canvas
44 x 36 in
$2,000







Toni Lane
Help Needed in a Yellow Room, 2021
ink and oil pastel on paper
29 x 23 in
$600


Toni Lane
Naked Truth 1, 2021
ink and watercolor on paper
38 x 22.50 in
$750.00










Toni Lane
Melancholy, 2021
ink and oil pastel on paper
19 x 24 in
$450


Alanna Reeves  

It's Missing and Longing, 2021
Giclee print
20 x 24 in
$200

Alanna Reeves 
Stay Awake Stay Awake, 2021
Giclee print
20 x 24 in
$200



Alanna Reeves 
What Does It Need, 2021
Giclee print

20 x 24 in
$200

Alanna Reeves 
Untitled (7), 2020
monotype and etching on paper
12 x 9 in
$175

Alanna Reeves
What Is Mine, 2021
Giclee print
20 x 24 in
$200






Toni Lane
Lightning Buds, 2021
ink and oil pastel on paper
22.50 x 30 in
$500







Alanna Reeves 
Untitled (3), 2020
monotype and etching on paper
10 x 8 in
$150




Alanna Reeves 

A Figure, 2021

Giclee print

20 x 24 in

$200




Toni Lane 
Mal-Treat (Know the Sign), 2021 
ink on paper
24 x 19 in 
$450






Alanna Reeves 
Ackee In Wrapper, 2020
monotype and embroidery floss on paper
20 x 16 in
$500

Alanna Reeves 

Can You Stay, 2021
Giclee print
24 x 20 in
Sold




Toni Lane
Grandma's Hands, 2021
ink and watercolor on paper
30 x 22 in
Sold




Toni Lane
Hands Heads and a Young Woman, 2021
ink and pastel on paper
24 x 19 in
$500











Toni Lane

Overnight Company, 2021
ink and oil pastel on paper
19 x 24 in
$475

Toni Lane
Grounded, 2021
ink and oil pastel on paper
29 x 23 in
$600

Alanna Reeves 
"Someone" is a Stranger, 2021
Giclee print
24 x 20 in
$200







Alanna Reeves 

The Story of (Montego Bay), 2020
Monotype, pen, and color pencil on paper
16 x 20 in
$350

Alanna Reeves 
An Ethereal Land, 2021
Giclee print
24 x 20 in
Sold






Toni Lane
The Black National Anthem, 2021
ink and colored pencil on paper
24 x 19 in
Sold


Toni Lane says that her art focuses on social realties – the common and uncommon joys and struggles of everyday life. Toni utilizes a multitude of mediums and materials to bring each piece and each story into its “fullness and truth.” She creates her artwork from both her imagination and lived experiences.  Toni’s work explores numerous themes, including homelessness, race and class discrimination, happiness, gender and family, among others.  In 2020, 6 of her paintings and drawings were acquired by the Library of Congress as part of a special pandemic-related collection. Toni Lane is based in Washington, DC and has been a resident artist at Art Enables since 2013. See more of her work on her Art Enables artist page.


Alanna Reeves is a multidisciplinary artist from Washington, DC. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where she earned a BFA in Illustration with a Concentration in History of Art and Visual Culture. Reeves’ work investigates realizations of identity, the hyphen-American’s pursuit and idealization of the homeland, and grounding practices. Work made in response to these themes is primarily informed by her own experience as an American of Afro-Caribbean and European descent and is made visual through a variety of media including painting, printmaking, fiber arts, and curation of archival photo imagery.  

alanna-reeves.com



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