Maria Napoli Artist Statement
This work is a catalog of my emotional history and quest for spiritual development. The pieces deal with the struggle my mind and spirit encounter in processing the events of day to day living. The extremely painful events have proven to be some of the most life affirming, giving the color and glow to the pieces. The structural elements emerge out of a desire to feel grounded and in control in spite of such life altering events as loss of a loved one. We are always in control; it is the elements of life that we chose to control that shift us into an awareness of true happiness and the peace that arises with that discovery.
The agriculture and architecture that live in my memory merge to create a visual language to communicate that which does not exist visually. I take cues of color, atmosphere, space and depth that exist in landscape and translate them to create the innermost canvas of my spiritual discovery.
The oil pieces are painted with brush and a thin pallete knife. There are no stamps or blocks used. Each shape is individually built with the use of brush and knife in combination or singularly.
Dry brushing is used to blend colors while on the canvas, creating subtle color changes, beyond which is created while building the palette, the first "painting" were the color foundations are built before any mark is placed on the canvas. Hundreds of strokes are employed to create the smooth, atmospheric surface of the painting. Alternating the texture of the paint adds to the feeling of depth in the pieces. The interworking of all of these techniques builds the final image.
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