|The Pink Dress|
Since the beginning of my creative career in the Early 70’s, I have been following one basic thread of an idea: the search for moving line.
Forty years ago, I began this search as a self taught potter: first finding that line in three dimensions with the raising of a spinning mass on the potters wheel. Later as I worked with porcelain on two dimensional murals with color and brush , the avenues for line exploration multiplied (Tao).
I transitioned to painting ,earning a Certificate from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1994. There, under the mentorship of Seymour Remenick, I learned to work intuitively, trusting in the gesture, the color and the line to discover the unknown. I also received a firm grounding in the singular importance of drawing.
After graduation I was given the opportunity to study calligraphy and ink painting at the China National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou. The total immersion in Chinese culture exploded any preconceptions I had about what the future of my work would be. But my desire to follow that expressive line, wherever it led, became a passion (The Pink Dress).
|Tao, glaze on porcelain tile|
|Among the Grasses|
Since then the work has gone through many incarnations (Among the Grasses, 2006 and Happy Birthday, 2009). However, my focus has remained constant. In wrestling with the line itself, I hope to dig beneath the surface of things to discover the simplicity of what connects us to our world and to each other.
Currently, I am preparing for a solo show at the Phillip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College on view September 2012-April 2013.By Barbara Schaff
Barbara's work is featured in Woodmere Art Museum's 71st Annual Juried Exhibition.
About Woodmere's 71st Annual Juried Exhibition:
Woodmere's 71st Annual Juried Exhibition, juried by artist Alex Kanevsky, will feature works in a variety of media from 46 artists living within 50 miles of the Museum. Works were chosen to create a cohesive presentation that explores contemporary ideas within the arts of Philadelphia. In conjunction with the juried show, Kanevsky's own work will be on view in the exhibition Alex Kanevsky: Some Paintings and Drawings, and the artist has also selected some of Woodmere's works of art for display in Selections from the Collection.