Virtual Delight: ARTIST STATEMENTS

Sharyn Finnegan
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This Cornwall Door was quite special. I had been granted an Artist-in-Residency at Brisons Veor Trust created for women artists, writers and composers (one at a time) to have space to think and create in an old stone cottage, formerly a counting house from the days when Cornwall was a global exporter of tin. The thick-walled house sits on a cliff looking south towards Lands End, five kilometers away and England's most southerly point. This peninsula sits on my horizon line in the painting--the door is on the second floor of the two story cottage in the living room. Every morning, weather permitting, I came up the stairs and immediately opened the door and pulled up a chair to have my first cup of tea of the day looking out at this view. It was a great pleasure and I felt incredibly blessed for a month of those days.

I did other paintings of the full peninsula from this spot standing on the door's threshold, but I wanted one that captured the experience looking out from the inside, especially the way the door seemed to open over the ocean. The tide is low in my painting, but when the tide was high it felt like you could dive into the water from there.

I do many tondos as the roundness of the their shape seems apt for Mother Nature. Here the rectangular door inside the round shape reminded me of the round "Moon Gate" entry of a Chinese Garden courtyard in the Metropolitan Museum. This "gate" brings you into the courtyard's vestibule where you then exit it via a rectangular door which is the yang to the gate's yin.

Stacie Flint
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I have a storehouse of domestic narratives in my imagination, which inspire my paintings' subjects. This one is based on a household of unmarried women and the cherished cats that they let dominate their lives. Women and Cats captures a scene with two busy women in a kitchen with their cats running freely, in a way that inspires affection for their quirkiness.

John Foley
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What I hoped to achieve was the feeling of when a competitive spirit pours all of their passion, hardwork and dedication into acheiving a goal and it still isn't good enough. Dismissed From the Ballet Troupe illustrates the moment of realization when we come up short in any of life's endeavors and hope is temporarily replaced with confusion and disappointment.

R.L. Gibson
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The Pieces of Me series celebrates my reverence for human potential.

PIECES OF ME: COMEDIENNE
My family thinks I'm funny. Seeing myself reflected in their eyes gives me joy. Like many people, I've spent a large part of my life working and taking care to try to be strong, responsible, creative, honest and loyal. But seeing the men in my life, husband and son, laugh or shake their heads with a smirk reminds me that I am loved for my whole self--even the comedienne I never knew I was.

PIECES OF ME: MOTHER
I never intended to be a parent. I took every precaution and ended up pregnant anyway. It wasn't a dislike of children or the responsibility that parenthood requires; I just didn't think I was capable of being a 'good' parent. But regardless of my lack of confidence in my own abilities, I trudged through pregnancy and learned to deal with all the expectations projected on pregnant women--from angel to divinely predestined. In the end, being pregnant and giving birth to my beautiful baby boy simply made me more human.

Carla Lobimer
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Waterfall: Manitoga Path is a response to a geological formation in an oak forest in upstate New York. In the Fall of 2007. I visited the estate of Russell Wright, a 20th century designer of objects for the home, and the memory of the surrounding property inspired this pair of scrolls. The piece is two vellum panels each composed of two vellum sheets measuring 30" x 144" sewn together at the top. Pairing two pieces of vellum in this format is typical of my vertical large- scale watercolor work. At the top of the scroll on the viewer's right, stacked watercolor curves suggest the brink where the waterfall begins its downward plunge glimpsed under the curves and in the open spaces in the lower half of the scroll. Wright diverted a stream to fill the abandoned quarry on his property and created eleven paths originating at his house out into the eighty acres of land on the Hudson River. I walked some of these paths and sat in the sun taking in the waterfall and boulders.

Beneath the top vellum of Waterfall: Manitoga Path is a second supporting layer composed of grids of yellow, orange, and red dots that appear through the watercolor brushwork layers of the top vellum. These grids consist of 1400 hand-drawn and painted small "pixel" dots totaling 8400 pixels per panel. Each dot measures one -fourth inch in diameter. While these dots suggest reflections of light on the moving spray of the water, the handmade component of the pixels is also an ironic nod to the digital world. Superimposed graphite drawing creates details of place in both panels including rushing water and unseen trees surrounding the waterfall. Careful looking allows the viewer to see graphite oak leaves and oversized acorns scattered about the left panel, while the right panel's water becomes a pattern of curving lines and small vertical linking lines. The word Manitoga is from the Algonquian for "place of the great spirit." Through the lens of the watercolors one can approach the view.

Lynn Logan Roselli
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I love to spend time in nature. When I went to Wave Hill Gardens for the first time, it took my breath away. Immediately, I felt spiritually connected and when I stumbled upon this plant, I found my creative muse for the day.

This is one of my favorite photographs. With vibrant pinks and a distinctive green pattern, the leaves drew me in and I entered another world. Through the lens of my camera, I saw the intricate designs of nature. This photograph opened my eyes to a new way of seeing the world and now serves as an inspiration for my new series in photography.

Hildy Maze
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To Her Gulls Fly and She's Not Heavy She's My Sister are part of a series titled Dependent Arising, that all things arise in dependence upon multiple causes and conditions, and impermanence, meaning they will age, become fragile, be affected by light yet will remain as those things we search for and cherish possibly in the attic or basement, an archeological site, or a memory. It is the nature of all things to decay yet remain.

This work is intimately personal relating to how mind works, truth of impermanence and the discursive thoughts and emotions that prevent us from recognizing the empty, cognizant nature of mind and the seeds of clarity that await recognition. My process is fully intertwined with my Buddhist meditation practice. Relating with awareness of thoughts and emotions and awareness of the space between those thoughts which connects most directly to our hearts revealing a sudden glimpse of spontaneous spaciousness . I work quickly and intuitively allowing the language of the images to reflect this seeing from within.

To Her Gulls Fly represents my fifteen year connection with feeding a club of Herring Gulls at Maidstone Bay. They know me and I know them. To Her Gulls Fly, perching on head or hand then flying high; the wild, tame awareness inherent in each moment of art making and living. She's Not Heavy She's My Sister was glimpsed in a spaciousness of warmth and understanding about the causes and conditions of our delusions, that judging or projecting on to others is the real burden.

Marje O'Brien
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Fulfilled is a drawing in charcoal on newsprint, because both of these materials are considered temporary and fickle as I believe are human emotions. Fulfilled depicts the unique moment when two individuals realize that their basic needs can be met by the other such as a baby needing to breast feed from its mother or one individual wanting another in a basic primal way. Fulfillment happens in that recognition not necessarily in what follows it.

Toni Silber-Delerive
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CARNIVAL
Seen from above Carnival has vivid colors and swirling shapes reflecting the energy and joy associated with the youthful activities of an amusement park. By flattening the picture plane the aerial perspective reduces the details to a strong graphic image. It combines elements of abstraction and representation, pattern and grid, surface and illusion, as well as observation, imagination, and memory.

HIGHWAY LOOPS
Seen from above the highways become the primary element of the painting's movement. The clover leaf interchanges are the focus of the composition; together with the highways they lead you through the painting. Reduced to linear motion, details are contrasted by the strong use of green.

 

Shirley Verrette
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One never knows what one is going to do. One starts a painting
and then it becomes something quite else.

Pablo Picasso

It's still with a sense of wonder that I take a large, blank piece of watercolor paper and sketch in an image or two, then days, weeks later find something quite else.

For the past fourteen years, I've had the opportunity to divide my time between the United States and Turkey. Living in Istanbul, at first I saw only the differences: language, culture, religion; East vs. West, old vs. new. Once I began to see beyond the differences, I saw the threads that connect. In a vessel constructed of the commonplace is part of a gouache series, Threads, which tells the stories of living between two worlds and of how diverse peoples, places and times converge. The threads are all around us. I take great delight in weaving them together.

 

Jeanne Wilkinson
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My imagery is about layering, about how things merge and grow into a complex, textured aggregate where each element is both separate and part of the whole. The Bower series merges art and nature to create a world that seems full of mystery, fantasy and secrets.

Formerly an abstract painter, my work now consists of digital collages and animations that often incorporate my former artworks, as seen in the Bower series. In Bower 1 the imagery springs from numerous sources, including my Brooklyn photographs of trees in Prospect Park and daffodils in Park Slope's street-side gardens, and details of my paintings and drawings. The figures are members of the Painted People clan, Cal and Dawn.

The Painted People are former Barbies, Kens and GI Joes who were covered with white gesso and painted with a Mondrian palette of red, yellow and blue, which was dripped over them in abstract expressionist style so each member of the clan has an individual patterning. The group now has over twenty members along with numerous offspring and companion animals.

Kristina Zallinger
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LAVERNE
Remember the "L" Laverne Defazio (of the Laverne and Shirley television show) wore on her sweater (and everything else). Well, it's in my painting. I don't usually try to be so literal when I choose a title, but there was no way around this one. My paintings have a playful side and I like to say a sense of humor by little marks and scribbles and alphabet images. That is generally what goes on in my life. I like to say a person who expresses him/herself abstractly. All of these elements and more are the fibers of Laverne's sweater!

MY FAV
When the Beatles came out in 1964 they brought all of London's famed rhetoric with them across the "pond". I must admit, with little leg-pulling, that I was a Beatlemaniac; Ed Sullivan,
Teen Beat Magazine and other icons of that era in history. I love color and composition, especially in this painting. I like to say that if you don't love your work, why do it? It's the enjoyment of creating something the artist themselves can appreciate and pass onto others. Going along with British traditions and language, I titled this painting My Fav because it is my favorite...until I create another one that becomes my Fav.

 

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