Subject Tags: contemporary flower paintings
Size: 6"W x 6"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
My current interests are in the circle, the bud, the eternal rebirth of nature, the connections among all people. This line of investigation focuses on the power of the individual, individuals in groups, connectivity among individuals in groups. All of these ideas are strengthened by the internet and social media. Emotional connectivity is necessary for survival. Humans have never been able to survive alone, we are co-dependent, social creatures. At the same time, we are alone, and need to connect to our inner selves to be able to live a balanced and complete life.
The Closeness series embodies my ideas on community, relationship, and time. The flowers in Closeness are crammed up next to each other, yet they are positive paintings, as each one has its own shape and identity, contributing to an overall harmony.
This work represents an ongoing artistic investigation of using flowers as metaphors, and has been my practice for the last several years.
Nature has always been my inspiration. Flowers have the ability to attractt and awe with their beauty, and I seek to convey those feelings through my art. I work in series of three or more pieces at a time, as a way to study the plants in depth, and as a meditation. Each piece in a series is named and numbered. In addition to paintings, I create 3-D mixed media pieces, and produce etchings and photos. This body of work has evolved over time, from portraits of individual flowers, to a 36-painting series titled, “The Journey”, depicting the life cycle of an orchid, to the “Mummers” and "Closeness" series depicting flowers in organic, grid-like compositions. My art has been exhibited across the US and in Turks and Caicos. The most recent solo exhibition was held at the Kathryn Markel Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY, in January of 2016. I live in Long Island, NY and New York City. Thank you for visiting my Vango portfolio. Please visit my website to see more art: marissabridge.com.