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Concept Statement

This is what I told a gallery I’m doing, and I guess I’m going to stick with it.  Never worked this way before.  Always just a general idea, the body of work defined the statement…this might be good for me.  Parameters/limits are good for creativity, I believe.

In the words of Richard Diebenkorn:  My freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful, the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles.

Concept Statement:

Making A World is a body of work which explores a single poem by Rainer Maria Rilke titled Entering.  The poem extends an invitation and challenge to stand on a threshold and approach the mystery of life.  Desiring to express this encounter between self and nature, I’ll take the poem’s imagery, metaphor and symbolism inside with memories of my own relationship with the natural world.  The result of this challenge being a transformed poetic space that offers the viewer both the sensory and subjective allure of abstract painting along with the emotional draw of landscape painting. Whoever you may be: step into the evening. Step out of the room where everything is known. Whoever you are, your house is the last before the far-off. With your eyes, which are almost too tired to free themselves from the familiar, you slowly take one black tree and set it against the sky: slender, alone. And you have made a world. It is big and like a word, still ripening in silence. And though your mind would fabricate its meaning, your eyes tenderly let go of what they see.

Rainer Maria Rilke Book of Images

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      203 PROSPECT ST

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      Sharon Kingston is a Northwest WA oil painter who uses the properties of her medium to create paintings that respond to both the atmosphere of her surroundings and poetry. This method of looking inward and outward and, in the moments of painting, finding her way on the canvas is her approach to creating paintings infused with poetry and the memory of landscape. The atmospheric element of her work is a testament to her desire to create spaces that are undefined, contemplative and allow room to reflect and accept uncertainty. Poetry, by nature open ended, is used both in the conceptualization of the work and as a part of the studio practice. The words of Rainer Rilke have informed Sharon’s work for many years, but she also turns to contemporary poetry when it resonates with her life. She uses layers of transparent color, reveals forms by concealing and unearthing pentimenti and suggests elements of landscape in her process.