August ’21 Juried Artist Denise Durak

My work has been driven by my curiosity, always asking questions, and an endless pursuit to answer them: whether in scientific pursuits, philosophical and theological inquiries, explorations of humanity and nature, and the Arts.

I am fundamentally an optimist who is sensitive to the complexity and limitation of our thrown existence in this world and at the ways in which our culture and constructs have dared to define us. I feel life deeply, think and talk and reflect on my experiences continually, while at the same time submit them to logical analysis. Over the years I have learned to trust my logic, reason, and intuition, guided by my moral and spiritual thinking. In this mix, I enjoy to represent what I find truly amazing while leaving room for the mysterious and the unexpected to emerge.

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“What is Abstract Art TODAY?” ’20/21 Juried Artist Katryna Gagle

Artist Statement

As much as “I am Fool of Painting” I just start each new painting with no idea, then I open a dialogue with the painting to see what it wants. We go back & force until I decide the painting is finish (which can take days or months.)

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“What is Abstract Art TODAY?” ’20/21 Juried Artist Susanna Long

Artist Statement

Susanna B Long’s artistic expression is intuitive, imaginative, and stirring. Her passion for painting guides her, layer upon layer, through marks and strokes in vivid, rich colors. Her sense of color, light and depth are evident in her compositions. Her fascination with the beauty of nature and her focus on the lighter side of human emotions are expressed in paintings which are joyful and capture the viewer’s attention while generating positive emotional and physical responses.

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“What is Abstract Art TODAY?” ’20/21 Juried Artist Chuck Jones

Artist Statement

I’m a Tennessee-based painter, working primarily with ink, pencil, and acrylic on paper. I have no formal art training, beyond a couple of workshops and my own efforts, drawing and painting for 40 years; more seriously (meaning, working most of the day) in the last 6 years after stepping back from my clinical psychology practice of 5 decades.

Despite having developed some facility in the world of words, I’ve long recognized I’ll never be able to write the novel I want to read. But, I’ve also discovered how, by approaching my efforts with enough receptive curiosity, I can create images I want to view and patterns that, somehow, feel meaningful to me.
So, that’s where I’m now devoting my energy, later in life.

Doing so makes every morning I awake to walk into the studio a day worth … walking into the studio.

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“What is Abstract Art TODAY?” ’20/21 Juried Artist Audrey Phillips

Artist Statement

My work is inspired by nature, by the emotions and sensations I feel when I’m immersed in its beauty. Through nature’s light, texture, and colors there is a special vibration I feel when I’m in its presence. The vibration becomes a dialogue that is unique to me and the natural world.

This sensing language needs no story, no head space. Instead it is replaced by a language of presence, a calling to quiet the chatter, expand into silence and observe sensations. It is from this place that I paint. I loosen the tight energy that we tend to run on in our daily lives and invite this pure, vibrant energy into my body.

Suspended in this transcendent space, the painting process allows me to tap into my senses and reveal softly focused, yet very familiar realities — stirring up a remembrance of a vision from deep within, one that measures less as cerebral but more sensing and intuitive.

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“What is Abstract Art TODAY?” ’20/21 Juried Artist James Eli Bowden

Artist Statement

As much as “I am Fool of Painting” I just start each new painting with no idea, then I open a dialogue with the painting to see what it wants. We go back & force until I decide the painting is finish (which can take days or months.)

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“What is Abstract Art TODAY?” ’20/21 Juried Artist Debra Stanis

Artist Statement

Artmaking feeds my soul and abstract art has transformed my art practice. I am free. The only judgment is mine; did I experience the impulses and let my mind, heart and hand respond? I find happy accidents along the way and I hope you discover something in my paintings that touches your soul.

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“What is Abstract Art TODAY?” ’20/21 Juried Artist Karlene McConnell

Artist Statement

I did not spend my early years in a studio , instead , I witnessed the unbridled creativity of children , most of whom were mentally and physically challenged in some way.

Together we explored collage, sculpture, drawing, painting, line, shape and value. We expanded our senses with textures and colors. We altered materials to make them accessible. The process of creating was our emphasis.
I now spend my days in an art studio painting , creating , pondering and reaching back to those days of childlike abandon. The fundamentals of line, shape and color as well as the tradition of landscape painters who came before me inspire me and my art.

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“What is Abstract Art TODAY?” ’20/21 Juried Artist Jennifer Wiggs

Artist Statement

The language of abstraction is broad and for me, poetic. My paintings are metaphors for myself, for my inner thoughts, and connections both conscious and unconscious. The process involves discovery of layers of meaning. I use elements of the landscape to express my ideas about space and color. I favor ambiguous shapes that stay free of description. Ambiguity allows a broader context for meanings and associations. I invent pictorial cues that are suggested by the painting. For example, a flat shape that casts a shadow. My imagination is a key to unlock unseen relationships. I do draw from nature, but retreat as quick as I can, to avoid getting sucked in.

The element of color is my strong suit, my best hand. I tend to favor close color harmonies and nuanced pairings. Using gouache has been central in developing my voice, as a flat, mat partner to the transparency of watercolor. Using both mediums together allows great spatial dexterity; the watercolor suggesting atmosphere, and the mat gouache being insistently flat.

I am drawn to the beauty of paper, the tactile surface, it’s limitless and deep white space, the expansive possibilities of it.

Mature artists develop a voice that is uniquely their own. For me, the symbolic landscape, my choice of medium and form, are my signature.

View work by Jennifer Wiggs among the jury selected artists in “What is Abstract Art TODAY?” ’20/21 Juried Artists Virtual Exhibit Space 2 (VES2) below