The Twelve Year Tempest is a solo exhibition by Raychelle Schaudies’s co-founder of K Space Art Studios, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. The Twelve Year Tempest is on display at K Space Contemporary in the Corner Spot of the Starr Gallery, Dec. 4, 2020 through Jan. 22, 2021.
Artist Raychelle Schaudies, 54, currently lives in Austin, TX where she paints in her backyard studio and enjoys retirement from 24 years of teaching middle school Art. Schaudies and her late husband Erick who passed in 2008, founded K Space Studios in Corpus Christi, now celebrating its 25th year in operation making it the longest running alternative art space in South Texas.
Her mission has been not only to give back to the world with her gifts as an artist and teacher, but also to contribute opportunities for other artists to pursue their dreams in the creative process. Schaudies states, “I consider us a life-long family where strong relationships with kindred spirits are built–wherever we land, we always have our K Space Family to come home to.”
Her most recent life interests include playing live music and traveling the country with her partner of 8 years, Pete Cantu.
Through the years, my art has always been about contemplating questions, a searching. This series, The Twelve Year Tempest, has been just that on a deeper, confrontational level. A sort of purge or cleansing of the unknowns that have haunted me, uprooted me from my foundation I thought I had built strong enough to last by the age of 42. This title refers to the journey of time and experiences after the passing of my husband and soul-mate of 20 years in 2008.
Fast-forward to now…2020 happened when all things seem to be turned upside down and flipped into world-wide chaos…as some say a decade’s worth of chaos in one year. It started well before that, but on a grand scale the struggles became bigger than my little life and suddenly became a gale force to be reckoned with. Suddenly I had a world of company in my misery.
This show is sort of a group of series within a series I call it, because it deals with groupings of focus…storms within a storm. You will observe struggles with finding direction in life, with understanding and communication (coded), bleak landscapes and dystopian worlds, and of cognitive dissonance, the great compromise to level our anxieties.
And throughout all these works, you will find “joy bubbles’…my search for joy, the loss of joy, joy trapped and caged, joy being discarded, scattered and gathered up.
Some I paint to truly question and some I express for questions in the face of the world…for others to focus and probe their deepest ideas on things.
I now know the emotions and conditions of these “questions” like an old companion and have resolved much of the unrest deep within me (much like the saying, “knowing your enemy”), thanks to painting them, exploring them through these alternate worlds and having dialogue within the language of art.
K Space Contemporary is a 501c3 non-profit contemporary arts organization located at 623 N. Chaparral St. in downtown Corpus Christi, Texas.
You can find Raychelle’s work in the K Space Contemporary gift shop and on social media.