Monday, May 16, 2011
Members you are all invited to our next DNG event reception THIS THURSDAY May 19th, 2011 at Tag Gallery featuring artists Stephanie Visser, Grace Swanson and Betty Sheinbaum at Bergamont Station.
Date: Thursday May 19th, 2011
2525 Michigan Avenue, D-3
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 829-9556
Please note only members of our DNG group are invited. If you have a friend or colleague that would like to become a member please have them contact me directly for membership information.
If you have not paid your dues you are more than welcome to bring your check for $25 to this event.
Please RSVP so we know how many to prepare for and we look forward to seeing you on May 19th.
BIO Stephanie Visser
A native of southern Michigan, Stephanie Visser relocated to southern California almost five years ago. She took her degree in Fine Art from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids Michigan. She continued her education at Western Michigan University in the graduate department and at Pasadena College of Art and Design studying with Mary Winterfield a well-known painter and educator. Stephanie’s painting originally began with traditional representational work and has evolved to abstract over the intervening years. Her work has primarily been influenced by an interest in architecture, the human form, and the environment through light, color and emotional context.
My work is consistently inspired by an interest in the natural and man made world of architecture and environment and the collision of that world with the inner life of the soul and emotion. Being an abstract artist, there is no literal reference but a distilling and a merging of the elements that make up this complex landscape of our lives. The emotions that reveal themselves are sometimes nonspecific and yet perhaps are recognizable as something known or remembered, like that name or that word you struggle for on the tip of your tongue. A non-pictorial representation that is deeply intimate and suggestive, where the tug of sensation comforts, or pinches, stirring up emotion mixed with memory: mind photographs that reflect everyday life and the way it impacts one: sunlight and shadows: stillness and movement: sound and quiet.
The pieces themselves are created with acrylic and other mixed media usually in series. I begin by laying down a gesture, which leads to color, shape, and form until something in it moves me, like a Rorschach inkblot but infinitely more subtle. Images are built layer by layer sanding through translucent color washes, scumbled paint, markings and collage made up of bits and pieces of cast off materials that enrich the surface to reveal a lyrical, magical and often mysterious world.
There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
- Pablo Picasso