“We need beauty because it makes us ache to be worthy of it.” 
- Mary Oliver

Statement: 


Created during the 2020 COVID-19 quarantine, the recent mono-prints are variations on celestial images of planets and stars in - or out - of alignment. They are a reflection to some extent of what seems to be my reality where everything is in flux and change. The prints are energetic portraits which reflect the emotions of these times arising from the ecological and social issues with our planet. One is required to wake up and look up and behold the celestial bodies in the night sky. I attempt to create images which are both familiar and unknown.


The recent landscape paintings are visual poems or memories of daily walks in the woods, journeys upstate New York or the wild tidal marshland visible from my studio. Seasonal shifts in colors and light inform my work. Through abstraction and play paint is both poured and brushed onto the neutral ground of clear-gessoed canvas. Solar and lunar bodies feature in many of the paintings. I attempt to create landscapes which are both familiar yet unknown. I want the work to attract the viewer with beauty and simultaneously prompt curiosity.

 

Katharine Dufault, 2020