Work in progress exploring a spiritual dimension in the natural world, both in the representational and the abstract
Category: Work in Progress
Francine Scialom Greenblatt’s blog where the Artist/Painter shares her thoughts and images showing the development and progress of her work in the studio.
Octagonal shape frames black zig zag horizontal lines dividing the space in 2. What kind of waves does the title query? Is it a view through a porthole into an imaginary ocean? Is it vibrations of energy or electricity? Making waves is a disruption of sorts, irrespective of the visual reading of image. I am interested in changes of depth facilitated by particular blues and possibilities of reading with and without text.
Straight and curved lines create the illusion of a large space which allows for sound to resonate and amplify. The title is written in very small text to encourage viewer to come closer to surface of work at which point the legibility of total image is lost but the unevenness of the human hand produced object is highlighted.
I am a solitary painter and normally feel the presence of anyone in my work space. My thanks to Mark Greenwood for not being intrusive as he took pictures in the studio.
This work began in 1988, as a painting of statuary off the Duomo of Milan.
For many years I looked at architecture as stereotypical of a ‘masculine’ principle. However, very often I ‘feminised’ forms by painting them with lush, organic gestural marks. The work on the left is a heroic figure with hands held over the head in an act of protection or supplication. The hands became simplified and heads more mask like as the work progressed. I elongated the figures and extended the legs removing to top torso. All specific gender indicators are removed and more emphasis placed on the colour.
Initially working as a diptych, these two works evolved independently. Although the elements are similar, colour and texture have crystallised into very different paintings a year later.