Another Stop, Mixed media on panel 40 inches wide 30 inches high 2017
"...and what did you see, my darling young one?"
My work, for the last several years, has explored the moment between moments and what truth is revealed there. The essence of place has played a dual role, both as a starting point and as a destination in this journey.
Inspired by Patti Smith's rendition of "A Hard Rain...." at the Nobel Prize ceremonies, I started to focus increasingly on the experience of the journey. Although perceived as being political, the song has deeper meanings and explores illusion, alienation, and the deceptive nature of existence.
The beautiful images created by the song act as a jumping off point for this series of work. During our lives revelation may take place in an instant. It could come in the form of a cathedral, a sunset, or a lovers embrace.
As a philosophy major in college, I became interested in metaphysics and its sub-branch, ontology. Most western philosophy begins with a duality between mind and matter and seeks to unite the two. Eastern philosophy and quantum mechanics blur this distinction and treat duality as an illusion. My current work explores that moment of unity (clarity) and puts into physical form (painting) my experience.
I evolve my work into a vastness of surface. Subtlety of color and a hint of formation are overcome by what is an endless depth of saturation. The viewer experiences an unnamed sense of the unknown, even if it isn't immediately recognizable. These particular paintings are akin to looking out onto a great expanse that mimics landscape. Alternatively, some of the works are quite textural and have an immediacy not present in the strictly painted works. One is drawn into the texture and is confronted with the here and now, and is invited to small areas of unexpected color. In the act of painting I am drawn to my own inner sustenance, that which informs the surface of the works. The concept of time and space become distant.
from left to right :
Yvonne Lamonth, Summer at Sailor’s Home Cemetery and Black’s Creek, oil on panel, 48 x 36 in., 2018
Constance Bigony, How the Ghost of you Clings, oil and mixed media on huile paper, 15 x 14 in.
Yvonne Troxell Lamothe
As the “City” encroaches on us, pushing in and filling up any open space, a need to make reverent that which remains wild and free becomes critical. Living in Quincy, MA, somewhat new to me, is a process of discovery. My morning walk with my dog, Wiki has becomes a small journey. Past Sailor's Pond, with its egret tree, Beechwood Knoll Elementary School and around to the Sailor's Home Cemetery path and Black's Creek the landscape comes alive. Color, shape, movement and constant environmental changes make capturing the essence a challenge. Working en plein air is a race against time, grabbing for the subtle changes as the channels fill and the clouds subdue the golden sea grass. Now, I am attempting to synthesizing the overall experience and glory of this natural wonder. Each day I see more and gather more sensations. I hope to tell the story of this place. I visit and revisit certain branches and the way they fall over the field. I am surprised when pale green leaves fall over glistening snow. My awareness becomes heightened when, from my flood zone abode a short distance from the sea, I watch the waves splash over the sea wall bringing water, sand and wind closer to my comfort zone than I had ever anticipated. What comes next?
My most recent inspirations have come from the imagination of Milton Avery, the seas and depth of Winslow Homer and the earthiness of Lois Dodd. And, of course, I look to the spirit of Marsden Hartley and Helen Torr. Learning from the greats helps inch me along.
All this is to say, how frightened I am, not just of encroachment of “City”, but, of our climate being undone by corporate irreverence and profit, deception and greed. How important for us all to have a voice, “Think Globally, Act Locally.”
Now that my neighborhood has inspired my art making, it has also become the source of my concern. I have learned about a compressor station being pushed into Weymouth, MA that will impact Quincy, Braintree, Boston Harbor and beyond, with toxic chemicals causing harm to people, animals, the earth and the sea. As I make my small journey each day, I hope others will appreciate their own Mother Earth and take a stand.
This group of paintings is an attempt to make visual sense of my life’s events over the past year on a personal and emotional level.
Following the loss of my husband Steve in March of 2017, I felt a kind of mental paralysis. Gradually, I began harvesting what remained of my old self, and began to discover a new self in the process.
I have been making art which grapples with the themes of absence, isolation, longing, melancholy and spiritual protection and nurturing. I have discovered some joy amidst the sadness which is reflected in the radiant color in most of the paintings. My process involves fused wax or encaustic, oil paint and mixed media. This varied array of images and media is my way of honoring Steve’s memory and to put all fears and anxieties to rest. It has been a visual and psychological journey, edited and modified over time. Images appear and disappear. They often re-emerge in a new form much like the grieving process. My inner and outer world has been turned upside down, pushing me into unfamiliar territory. I have been forced out if my comfort zone, challenging me to new avenues of creative expression.
Exploring this unknown terrain is clearly part of the healing process. It has helped to soften the rough edges of loss and longing, and has granted me some deep spiritual comfort. I feel as if I am being gently guided forward with strength from the beyond.
Eliot School Faculty
Attention to Detail
Attention to Detail
Maggie Carberry Pasquan, NY Sunrise, mixed media, 12 x 12 in., 2018
The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts showcases three of its painting and printmaking faculty in this exhibition. Maggie Carberry Pasquan, Sean Dunstan-Halliday and Vicki Kocher Paret all create works of art that are practically mesmerizing in their attention to detail. Blending the familiar with the whimsical, artworks in ‘Attention to Detail’ explore the human perspective on urban landscape and the natural environment. These faculty members advance the Eliot School’s mission: to inspire lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all.
Maggie Carberry Pasquan