Left: Sunshine by Dar VandeVoort. Right: Red Ahead by Michelle Daisley Moffitt
Opening reception, Saturday the 12th, 5-8 p.m.
Within these images, I have attempted to explore my intuitive responses to my life and experiences. I have sought to produce bold, outgoing images through my private and internal struggles to come into harmony with myself. Because my concerns usually center on a symbolic narrative or “Inscape”, I expect the viewer will become involved in his or her own interpretations. I am concerned with conveying the range of primal emotions, which every individual feels. I attempt to explore this emotive impact through strong color as it relates to abstracted natural forms.
I attempt, through my own understanding of the emotions I experience, to reach out universally with my images, trying to share what others might feel. I achieve this with the overt physicality of the abstractions combined with the active and expressive color. The work elicits an emotional response because it is at once aggressive and pleasurable. Often, I use landscape forms so that I may physically structure my images around natural forces. The images in nature are inexhaustible, allowing for constant variety to examine and manipulate color and the other formal elements. Through this manipulation of natural forms, I trace the passion and vigor that is present during the works conception. I want these landscapes or “inscapes”, as I prefer to call them, to develop the personal symbolism within the image.
To me, my work conveys the urgency in acting on one’s own emotions. These internal feelings spring from outside stimuli and are acted out aggressively. Since I am a private person, I feel my work speaks visually of my personality in ways that I choose not to speak verbally. It explores the depth of my soul and mind. When I work on these images, the universality of the range of primal emotions alive in every individual is explored on a grand scale and for this reason I feel they are objects to which every person can relate in one way or another.
“Out of Bounds“ seemed appropriate for a theme with my friend , Michelle Daisley Moffitt, as we felt the need to shift gears a bit after Covid’s long year of funk. I enjoy painting out of bounds, going over the frame, onto the wall, etc.. because it’s fun and I like the visual story to continue. Rather than painting on the gallery walls ( which I REALLY wanted to do but didn’t want to clean up the mess afterwords ) , I decided to let my work travel onto surrounding work creating new work that might travel to the next one and so forth. The images are full of spirit I admire and wanted to convey that in different techniques. I always have so many ideas and run short of time in my days, but I hope you enjoy the fun I had creating this body of work.
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