Friday, 18 April 2014

Rose Umerlik

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Rose Umerlik - My art practice is inextricably tied to my personal history. Stories of family, relationships, and self-awareness generate forces of emotion¾fear, hope, loss, pain, and love¾that drive me through the creation of each painting.  From the beginning of each piece, I lay down shapes, lines and bodies of color. As I manipulate these elements, I intuitively recognize how the correlation of these elements mirrors my interpersonal relationships. At different times these lines and forms vary in the way they relate to one another. Sometimes they hold each other, or gesture lovingly; other times they oppose each other or interact aggressively; sometimes their relationship is uncomfortable or uncertain; other times they strive for isolation.
 As I move through moments of personal recognition, these moments influence the formulation of the composition. I engage in an extended series of decisions and revisions; tensions undulate on the painted surface, layers of lines, pigments, and shapes are laid down, cleared, and then selectively restored. When a painting is realized conclusively, the surface is necessarily multifarious, the reworked layers reflect my ongoing struggle to accept my history, my present, and to be hopeful of the future.
 This complexity of formal elements and process is present throughout my work. My aim is not only to mirror the intricacies of my personal story, but also to connect with the viewer, to echo the personal, emotional struggles that resonate with each of us, and that are present in the collective human mind and heart.

 Title: Tightening  2013, 24 x 38 inches, oil and graphite on panel


Tightening  2013, 24 x 38 inches, oil and graphite on panel
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