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Near the Woods

Showing in the Bowery Gallery


July 9-27, 2024

547 W 27th St. Suite 508, New York NY 10001
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

View works in the show.

Read more on the Bowery blog.

www.bowerygallery.org

646-230-6655

The phrase ‘near the woods’, can suggest several things.  It is also the English translation of my last name. As a place-name, it is suggestive of thresholds and liminal zones, even potential change. To me, it can be a metaphor relevant to our current times – we are all ‘near the woods’.
I do, in fact, live near the woods – on a cleared hill in the lush Appalachian mountains, our house and studios surrounded by trees and wildlife. For the past decade, much of my work directly explores this homeland. An interest in narrative also emerges for me, when painting from still life or when working with models, including myself. 
Lately, mortality has dogged my peripheral vision and my recent work reflects that. An ongoing series of self-portraits contemplate our crisis with/in nature (a crisis with/in ourselves), and is influenced by the work of environmental writers and activist-scientists like Elizabeth Kolbert, Suzanne Simard, and Sylvia Earle.
Mortality, crisis, and yet – the unexpected glory of a pile of old fencing materials; the interlacing of two oaks behind my studio; the intricacy of fossils and shells and woven textiles; human faces; the endless(?) interaction of the human-made with forms and spaces of nature. Color. Life. The world to experience, day by day.
...you are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pass
As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways
And catch the heart off guard and blow it open.
from Postscript, Seamus Heaney
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