"Not all who wander are lost."
From J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" series, the quote is referenced in artist Austin Cathey's exhibition of the same name — "Not all who wander are lost."
The exhibition featured 14 of Cathey's pieces — large mixed media abstract works on paper and canvas — and was shown at the Eno Mill Gallery this month.
"Not all who wander are lost" is also an homage to the exhibition that he wasn't able to hold for his graduate thesis.
Cathey received a bachelor of fine arts in drawing from UNC-Asheville and a master of fine arts in printmaking and painting from Miami University of Ohio. The exhibition features two pieces that Cathey began working on while at UNC-Asheville.
“Only 'Among the Fragmented' was shown at that time," he said. "However, 'Not all who wander are lost' has never been exhibited anywhere else, and most of the artwork is being shown for the first time.”
Now based in Carrboro, Cathey has a studio in the Eno Arts Mill and manages a gallery and gift shop for the Hillsborough Arts Council.
He said that he loves abstract expressionism and all genres of romantic landscape painting.
“For me, it's important to give viewers more questions than answers," Cathey said. "I have an entire ever-growing list of phenomenal artists that I'm influenced by, and some of the main inspirations for this exhibition was maps, sea charts, topography, memory, images of the cosmos and the way light hits clouds.”