Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Irit Rabinowits (56)

-from the series 'Blue Paintings,' Untitled-

-from the series 'Naive Painting,' Garden of Freedom-

Irit writes on her site:

Irit Rabinowits's art deals with the process of defining a sexual identity, starting with early adolescence in the 'Blue Paintings' series, which are painted in cold and reserved colors conveying a sensation of detachment and isolation. Through the revelation and enjoyment derived from the beauty and sexuality of the female body in the 'Wood Painting' series, which are warm-color paintings drawn on wood. And finally in the 'Naive Painting' series which simply celebrates love within an intimate relationship in a colorful and joyful manner.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Michelle DeMarco (54)

-self portrait from the series about caryatids-

Michelle writes:

I believe we are living in and through a growing, changing situation which opens up towards new possibilities and that is transformed as it develops. The process is part of the meaning making and most assuredly part of art making. We are not separate from our physical experience of life.
Here is a snippet from a series of work I did about caryatids: (harmony and creation)
In as much as I am a part of nature I can be consciously involved in this evolution, which is to say, in my own self definition and reconstruction. Through my direct connection to the earth I reclaim an intimacy with the mystery and find harmony in creation. Beauty exists through this harmony, it is in me and I am surrounded by it. Beauty is a greater sense of grace which calls me to lean in closer. Beauty is not a thing it is a conversation which includes the world I touch - the world where I live and work. It includes the human body, the earth body and the body politic and with this new definition is delivered a compassionate ethos. An ethos that remembers how we cherish each other and move into beauty.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Susan Brenner (53)

3 pieces from the series "This is History ... that is not over."

1990, oil on canvas in 2 panels, 73 1/4"x77"

-Beauty Secrets-
1991, oil on canvas in 2 panels, 50” x 102”

-The Reproduction of Hysteria Cruxifiement-
1991, oil on canvas, 50"x72"

Susan writes:

Issues related to women’s identity and their bodies have long been a concern of mine, and this concern has sometimes manifested itself in overt ways in my work. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s I was par­ticularly interested in the language of gesture, the pose, within figurative representation.In 1990-91 this interest led me to create a body of work, focused on hysteria, using late-nineteenth century medical photographs as visual source material. Three works from this series are shown here. You can see additional pieces at

This is history…that is not over includes two installation works, a series of paintings, and a set of drawings with accompanying text panels. This work offers a sardonic view of hysteria as a defining metaphor for femininity. It draws parallels between the world of contemporary advertising and the nineteenth century institutions that produced and reproduced hysteria as a spec­tacle. It is built around a series of late-nineteenth century photographs of women institutionalized for hysteria at the Paris hospital la Salpetrière under the care of Dr. Jean Martin Charcot. They are disturbing and compelling images, presenting a picture of woman as an exotic other, an irrational being, a victim, simultaneously powerful and powerless. I appropriated these images, layering and juxtaposing them with frag­ments of historical and contemporary materials, with the intention of raising questions about the nature of identity.

Birgit Huttemann-Holz (52)

-Burn in-encaustic
(With numb hands- straight to the heart)-
self portrait, 31.5x58", encaustic 2010

Due to repetitive back problems (herniated discs), I suffer annually in spring from major pain and immobility. This year it triggered a cervical radiculopathy resulting in a numb right hand and the need to look up not down (otherwise I am in serious pain). So I needed to alter my work position and my pace of work. Of course I can not stay away- and might as well have prolonged my suffering and healing process. But that is life as an artist... a self consuming flame???


The video narrates the philosophical/psychological question of identity and how this manifests itself in body language/ portraits.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Marianita Faraino (51)

-Stammered Breath-
36 x 30, acrylic on panel.

Marianita writes:

Breathing ... breathing in, breathing out ... simple, automatic ... from our first breath, we take for granted this unconscious act. We experience joy, we breath rapidly. We experience pain or sorrow, we breath in slowly, with a deep healing cadence. We are sustained by breath.

I have asthma. I am a painter who can not work with oils when an attack has flared. Suffocating, I pull out the acrylics and, with ribs in a constant vice, I draw on the strength of womanhood and bring forth an image of determination ... exhaling fully my voice, my thoughts, my being ... inhale again and I am sustained.