I have gotten tired of presenting myself to others. So I decided to just be real-for me, not for anyone else. In a world where we are watching ourselves 24/7 and almost never allowed to be anything but restrained and polished because who knows who may be looking, I have embarked on a series of paintings I call “Sloppy Selfies”. And I have included two other paintings as well, containing images that have pestered me for awhile.
I am looking forward to the new art season, and I am honored to have been selected as a National Artist with the A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. From late May to late June of 2016, the National Artists will be exhibited in a group show at the gallery. When I lived in NY I visited the A.I.R. Gallery often, finding it inspirational. At that time, it was located in SoHo. It is the first all women, artist-run gallery. Read more about the gallery’s history and mission. In a time when women make up 60% of art students, but only 30% of the artists being shown in galleries and museums, it is as important as ever for women to have a place to share our art.
Figure composition (2) complete:
A great feeling to be starting a new series of paintings.
I like this composition so far. I have been reading the new biography of Agnes Martin and I find what the artist has said about not intellectualizing when painting to be freeing in my own work recently.
I am challenging myself to create group portraits. It is a continuation of expressing the notion that that those who are prisoners, whether criminals or victims are connected to us and we to them. I did some drawings of groups when I was exploring images of my father as a child during World War II. These drawings led me back to the whole painting surface, as I am using negative and positive space to bring the picture into harmony. This was influenced by a talk I gave at the George School, when I spoke of how I was breaking the rule I learned in school of covering the whole canvas with paint. I rejected this in my series of fighters; now I am returning to it. My reading of the finely researched and brilliantly written David Park: a painter’s life by Nancy Boas also contributed to my thoughts about this painting. Park is my role model because of his ability to convey the universality of people. He did it with amazing technique, energy and integrity.