Friday, October 20, 2006

Betye Saar

On Wednesday I attended a lecture by philadelphia artist, Beverly Bullock at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine ARts. Bullocks work is mostly collage on paper with African themes, especially women. After the lecture I went upstairs to the eht Betye Saar exhibit "Extending the Frozen Moment" of her assemblage with photographs. Very moving and amazing images, my favorite was a large dress on paper with hues of yellow and gold called "High Yellow." An added treat was watching Beverly Bullock and some of her friends view the exhibit. The following is from the PAFA website:

Betye Saar: Extending the Frozen Moment

Through December 10, 2006

Known particularly for her use of mixed media, this exhibition will focus on Saar's persistent use of the photograph and the impact of the photographic realm in her art. From her earliest experimentations with assemblage in the late 1960s to her installations of the present, Saar has employed the photograph as a storytelling device, transferring personal memory into the realm of history.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A portion of a doll painting that I did several years ago while taking a class in still life painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. This one was done as a homework assignment and took quite awhile. The underpainting was in purple with oh so many layers on top. The best detail, the foot is not included as my scanner was not tall enough for the whole thing. My mother was dying of breast cancer when this was painted and as usual my feelings of that sad realty are reflected in the painting.