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"After painting fruit\, I am now drawn to flowers\, specific ally roses. Roses interest me because they are multi-layered\, have many in tersecting planes\, are delicate and colorful\, opaque and translucent. I c arve out the shapes\, and try to catch the flickering light on the petals. Each rose has intricate depth and many abstract shapes. I enjoy integrating the compositions with the depth of the petals\, their abstract shapes\, an d the flatness of the picture plane.”

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"I cannot really explain my w ork without mentioning my vision. I was born\, and remain\, blind in one ey e. I was visually impaired in the other\, until it was surgically corrected at age 23. As a result\, I have never known true three-dimensional vision. In these cases\, the brain acquires depth perception differently than it d oes with normally-sighted people. Depth of space is intellectually conceptu alized rather than observed naturally. The individual literally sees in two -dimensions but interprets it as three.”

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"Despite my visual impairm ent\, painting and drawing have always intrigued me. As a child\, I painted constantly\, with my face pressed close to the canvas in order to see. I o nly painted objects that were close to me because my visual world was small er. Distant views were not something that I knew\, and would certainly neve r paint.”

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"This is why I became a still life painter. I paint objec ts close to me that I can touch and feel. I apply paint with my fingers\, s o that I can touch the canvas\, as well.”

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Roses are an ancient cros s-cultural symbol of love and beauty. Kolman developed a fondness for roses because her husband planted many rose bushes at their Port Jefferson home\ , where her studio is located. Each summer\, she enjoys watching them bloom with color.

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"Roses" is Kolman's third exhibition at The Painting C enter\, and her fifth solo NYC exhibition. Her work is exhibited throughout the US\, both as a solo artist\, and with Zeuxis\, An Association of Still Life Painters. Kolman received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Yale University School of Art.

DTEND:20121124 DTSTAMP:20140903T084058 DTSTART:20121030 GEO:40.75111;-74.004475 LOCATION:The Painting Center\,547 West 27th Street Suite 500\nNew York\, NY 10001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Roses\, CARMELA KOLMAN UID:242476 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20121101T200000 DTSTAMP:20140903T084058 DTSTART:20121101T180000 GEO:40.75111;-74.004475 LOCATION:The Painting Center\,547 West 27th Street Suite 500\nNew York\, NY 10001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Roses\, CARMELA KOLMAN UID:242477 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR