New artist’s statement – feedback welcomed!

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I like to work with simple, traditional materials on simple, traditional surfaces because they give me complete control for minimum investment in technology/energy sources.  The substances are mineral, vegetable, occasionally animal, in any case sourced directly in the natural world.  I’m interested in how these substances can come to life thanks to the intervention of my hand, eye, and brain, in response to some stimulus in the outside world – a photograph, a shadow, a fruit on a table, a feeling of being in the ocean.  I work on the painting until it has a life of its own, a kind of personality, until it elicits a response from me I’m comfortable with and want to look at.   The paintings I really want to see don’t exist, so I have to paint them for myself.

I’ve been working on our relationship to nature for years – how to connect our bodies to the nature that gave birth to us.  I feel the human body is the subject par excellence for an artist.  Why ?  well, it’s the container of the contained.  We are nothing without it.  Yet we feel separate from it, as if we are inhabiting it, as we inhabit the world, the planet, the earth, a house.  As we move around in the world, using our body, our awareness also moves around in the body.  Our emotions are felt in the body, our hearts beat more strongly when we are moved.  We enjoy using our bodies, feeling our muscles stretch and contract.  Our bodies take us where we want to go and show us everything we need to see, hear, touch, taste, smell.  In painting women’s bodies in water I want to explore how we can both see and feel the body in relation to the environment.  The freedom of movement in water, the upholding, surrounding, is particularly conducive to painting poses that express not rest, as in traditional nudes sitting or lying or standing, due to the limitations of painting from life, but rather freedom and emotions — excitement, passion, curiosity, ecstasy, fear, anger, or peace, thanks to the aid of photography and in particular underwater video.  A whole new field for expression is opened up, using darkness and light in wholly new ways, shadows created by moving water and sunlight fading in the depths.


One Response to “New artist’s statement – feedback welcomed!”

  1. kate Says:

    hello Roberta,
    Im sorry i have not gotten to you sooner but Im here on World Cafe` muttling along.I love your approach to your work and share in the natural connection to effect.I would like to share a few pictorial art works i have developed on my own.This would have to be by email and ive not figures this out yet.lololol Nice to meet you.

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