The Butterfly Project:cross pollination
Chelsea:Viridian is pleased to present the exhibition "The Butterfly Project: cross pollination" mixed media collages by Stacey Clarfield Newman, opening June 7th and continuing through June 25thwith an opening reception to meet the artist Thursday June 9, 5-8pm.
This will be Newman's first New York solo exhibition since returning from India, and she feels a shift has occurred - a "pollination". The butterfly is not a new symbol in her work, but a symbol that exemplifies in a greater sense, the journey that art-making is, especially for the creator.
"Music gives rise to image-making, and music and image meld in
paint. The dancer and painter, with soul and brush, turns her attention
to her world of music and paint as she explores her infatuation with
color and movement . Her work speaks of the colors of the countries
she’s visited, cultures explored and her passion for experiential
learning through world service and travel."
cross pollination- My work is a cross pollination of media…..in my world color has music, music has color. Nature is my cathedral. Becoming a certified yoga dance teacher 4 years ago has altered my work as well - and it brought me back to my inner child - being able to dance with abandon… the training brought me back to my most sacred and authentic self, tapping into my spirituality. So I think the phrase “cross pollination” applies to this body of work - the music and dance have fed my art, my art has fed my dance.
Travel, the riot of color of a laundry line hanging in the breeze in a different country~ the aroma of the spices in the market in Budapest, living in India -where every day is a painting in Life - from the colorful saris to the bounty of fruits and vegetables on the market stand - have influenced my art. The children’s voices like chirping birds, their insatiable appetite for creative endeavors - their ideas, their designs that evolve after I’ve taught them how to make the papers and in many languages yet one- that of art- we talk through the creation of collage, dialogue - it all cross pollinates my art.
This being my first NY solo show since my return from India, there has been a shift - a pollination - and the joy I’ve felt in yoga dance, the spiritual awakening after a breathless dance through the chakras all have had an influence on me. Things are more vivid - and I’m more aware than ever before. So these collages are more coloristic and I think more lyrical and when I’m in the studio working - I’m seeing my time there as play and I think that’s reflected as well.
The fact that the butterfly has always been an icon in my work - my understanding that it represents transformation and proliferation of beauty - because the butterfly pollinates - also signifies the emergence of something new, or in my case, the inner child Stacey Hope coming “home” to myself in my work and my life. Leaving behind the necessity for objects and material things and wanting more life experience, more involvement in the world and being awestruck by the beauty that exists in this world - noticing inner beauty in all beings and the wondrous outrageous beauty of the planet is part of my emergence.
I am the butterfly, constantly transforming and creating what I believe to be beauty - through my art, through my work with students in yogadance. The love I feel when I’ve finished a class and I see the transformation of a student (who perhaps came into class quietly but danced/painted exuberantly and left joyfully) “pollinates” my collages. ~May you know joy. May you know Peace. May you be free.
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