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Hunterdon Art Museum

Exhibition Detail
Spheres
7 Lower Center Street
Clinton, NJ 08809-1303


October 2nd, 2011 - November 27th, 2011
Opening: 
October 16th, 2011 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Autumnal, Kiyomi BairdKiyomi Baird, Autumnal,
2011, Mixed media and oil on canvas, 48 x 102 inches
© Courtesy of the artist
Renewal, Kiyomi BairdKiyomi Baird, Renewal,
2011, Mixed media and mulberry paper on board, 46 x 72 inches
© Courtesy of the artist
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Kiyomi Baird uses basic geometric forms to express her perceptions of the fundamental nature of physical matter and spiritual being. These forms, often circles and spheres, are given texture and color to create spaces that seek to reflect the cosmos. Spheres is an artistic manifestation of Baird’s inner journey through the vastness that encompasses this physical and spiritual embodiment.

Kiyomi Baird began her interest in the elements of matter after first looking through an electron microscope into the invisible universe of atomic particles. She then combined this scientific interest with spiritual reflection shaped by her Japanese ancestry and Buddhist upbringing to start an artistic process that continues to enlighten her. After living most of her life in the United States and Berlin, Baird moved to Tokyo and found a connection with Japanese culture and aesthetics that she had not previously recognized. This newly found cultural duality created an inner tension that drives her to create visual expressions of harmony and balance.

Autumnal and Renewal are representations of this cultural duality. Autumnal is dark and celestial, an indication of deep space and an enigmatic world. Renewal is refreshing and delivers a sense of regeneration through its varied textures and colors. Together these works form the yin and yang of Kiyomi Baird. They are opposite forces, but when seen together they complement each other and give rise to a more powerful dynamic.

Kiyomi Baird seeks to open the viewer’s understanding through her paintings. The themes of harmony and balance graciously interact with the subjects of chaos and struggle creating a context for Baird to transform the viewer’s own feelings and insights. Spheres is not just a celestial meditation, it is a personal journey to a meaningful consciousness.


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