ARTISTS TALK: Saturday, February 11 @2pm
The title that Kim Murton and Cathie Joy Young have chosen for their February show is “Totems and Echoes”.
Kim Murton is a ceramic artist. For this show she wanted to make BIG pieces and then decorate them with pattern and sgraffito. “I like the idea of taking simpler forms and then accenting the shapes with illustrated features. I draw everyday so incorporating 2D designs on a 3D shape is a fun design challenge. I start with sketches but I don’t follow them exactly allowing myself to make decisions as I work. I often see what influenced me after a piece is finished. In this case, working on this body of work started in November, it’s pretty clear that the results of the election seeped into my subconscious in the form of the “Big Scream” piece. I countered this with the “Lotus Head” to try and regain some balance. I am hoping that people experience both humor and outrage when viewing the work.”
Cathie Joy Young paints in acrylic on wood panels. “Figures and animals are symbolic in my work, and I feel like my imagery comes from borrowed memories remembered, not literally, but it is a way I explain it to myself. I’ve had an idea to paint imagined portraits of the ancestors I’ve uncovered thorough my genealogical research, but I am not organized enough to do so. However, the idea of this comes up now and again in these paintings, imagined ancestors and totems to those families I am, or may be, descended from. An echo is time travel. You make a sound in the present that you will hear in the future as the original sound you made becomes the past. My painting “Fugue” makes me think of music and echoes, visually and audibly, and reminds me how everything I do in art echoes something I’ve done with painting previously, or ideas I’ve immersed myself in, books I’ve read, and so on. So in that respect, my paintings have a long past, and a future, as long as they are seen.”
Devin Bernard’s paintings are concerned with providing a strict order to his compositions. Colors, textures and form are repeated throughout to keep the eye moving around the picture and to pull the composition together. “Painting to me is a passion that gives meaning to my life. It is my way of trying to explore the deepest mysteries: what we are, how do we know and love each other, and why we even exist at all. My paintings are an expression of what it’s like to be human. All my pictures contain representations of people because there is no “reality” without a human presence to give meaning to the universe. These people are anonymous since I’m not interested in representing individuals. They are, instead, archetypes that express philosophical ideas concerning identity, time, memory and the difficulty that we have in understanding and relating to one another.”