Serena Barton, painter, and Jo Grishman, sculptor, were inspired by their shared sensibilities and internal processes to bring their work together in this exhibit. Both are intuitive artist, willing to enter the creative process without a road map. Their pieces reflect both introspection and a connection to the world outside themselves. They work in layers, adding and subtracting as needed, and delight in the interactive nature of their relationship with their chosen mediums.
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"My work in oil and cold wax medium is intuitive and unplanned. I create multiple layers of texture using palate knives, rubber squeegees, and household tools such as rubber jar openers, bowl scrapers, combs, and coffee sleeves. I build up many layers of paint mixed with cold wax, creating a complex and nuanced surface. I reveal some of what came before by incising and scraping back areas of the painting. Years of painting with oil and cold wax allow me to know when to yield to the materials and the process, achieving a delicate balance between spontaneity and mastery of materials.
"Instructions Not Included" was the title I gave the body of work that appears in this show. Themes that I saw emerge were: leaving my profession of over 40 years to become just myself, my grief and rage at the erosion of our republic, inspiration from viewing Paelolithic cave paintings, and my joy in relationships with others and with art.
Painting allows me to share what I can't say in words, allowing each piece to tell its own story. www.serenabarton.com
We offer a 35-page catalog for the exhibition,Confluence,with painter Serena Barton and sculptor Jo Grishman. The catalog contains artists’ statements, bios, and many full color images of work in this show. You can order from Serena Barton through her website contact page. or purchase at the gallery.
Soft Cover: $40.00
In this exhibit, I show two series of narrative sculpture and masks: Balancing Act and The Masks We Wear.
I am inspired by collecting found objects from nature and detritus, words, song lyrics, quotes, book passages, and day to day life experiences. I am constantly searching for a new language to express myself and the various materials reflect that personal exploration.
Creating is a dance, a push/pull, as I manipulate the clay and it starts to become. The sculptures and titles invite the viewer into contemplation, identification, and engagement as they bring their own personal experiences and narrative to my work.