Paintings at a time of precarious existence
2nd Friday Art Walk Reception:
* June 14, 5:00–8:00 pm
Exhibit Dates: June 14–July 6
[Pictured: "Swag" © Hilary Maslon]
Synopsis: Sea Level
I am painting at sea level. I am painting at a time of precarious existence.
What purpose do I have, sitting in solitude in the studio, to be a part of this world? What do I have to give, as an artist?
I find my purpose in the very struggle of facing the blankness of the canvas. It mirrors the emptiness in myself. The voices and the images inside of me attempt to captivate my attention. They are like sirens beckoning a ship at sea. But if I am still enough, they reveal themselves, and then vanish. Then I am forces, shifting, luminous. I exercise this struggle onto canvas.
My imagery alludes, but it does not define. If something becomes too figurative for me, I am compelled to destroy it, for in the process of discovery definitions create dead ends. I don’t know who I am. I am never who I think I am. I am greater, smaller and more mysterious.
It is the wish to touch the mystery of life that has always been the motivation for my paintings and drawings and this is what I attempt to reflect in the integration of my colors and forms.