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1995 French artist statement
Title1995 French artist statement
Artwork Description1 p. Kay French's 1995 artist statement.
LC SubjectArt -- Documentation
Art -- Exhibitions
CreatorFrench, Kay
About the ArtistKay French grew up in the Midwest which perhaps explains her fascination with storms and flat land. She moved to Portland in 1977. Kay has a degree in art history from Kent State University and a degree in painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her work has been exhibited in various shows in regional galleries and museums. She was awarded a WESTAF/NEA Regional Fellowship for Visual Artists in Painting in 1994. She has also been represented by the Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery in Portland, OR. (Oregon Arts Commission)
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Award Date(s)1995
Source Formatblack and white
Artwork SiteCorvallis Oregon. Oregon State University. Valley Library
Site Address121 The Valley Library, Corvallis Oregon
CountyBenton County, Oregon
Relates to ArtworkRuby Wind
Full TextDEFFENBAUGN GALLERY 522 NW 12th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97209 503.228.6665 Artist Statement My current paintings continue to focus on landscape and weather, clouds, dust, smoke, wind and clearings in enormous expanses of sky over flat land and water. I am fascinated with weather that is driven by nature and, at times, provoked by human actions and this imagery is full of conflicting emotions and meaning. As I paint, I search for an image that is basic as well as far-flung and romantic to describe a world of impending dangers and harsh beauty as well as safe havens. I am not interested in describing a specific place or time, but rather in creating a world where fiction can portray truth. I search for the heart of my paintings through forming and reforming images, accepting the accidents of painting that can happen along the way much as weather can change and disrupt the land and sky. I use imagery drawn from art history, the newspaper, weather books, my current surroundings and my memories. Although my subject is enormous, my paintings are quite small because my intention is to concentrate and distill an image to make it more powerful and intense, more intimate and immediate. Walking or driving through a landscape is not the same as containing it within a painted image. When I look up at vast expanses of sky I can see no reason to attempt to compete with its scale, especially since I am not interested in realism. So I paint them small and try to pack the paintings with a feeling of the enormity above me and with something else difficult to put into words. My desire is to create an image that strikes a chord of recognition rooted solidly in the present without forsaking the past. Kay French September 1994
RightsCopyright is retained by the artist or author. All rights reserved.
ContributorsUniversity of Oregon Libraries; Oregon Arts Commission
PublisherUniversity of Oregon Libraries
Digital Collection TitleUniversity of Oregon. Libraries. Oregon Public Percent for Art Digital Collection.
Contributing InstitutionContributing Institution
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