Art Toronto Edition Featured Artist: Stacey Clarfield Newman
Stacey Clarfield Newman, Etz Chaim (Tree of Life), hand painted, hand made and hand marbled painted paper collage on Rives paper, 41" x 34".
A collagist and painter, Stacey Clarﬁeld Newman has developed a unique method of recycling ephemera to create striking hand-painted papers. She then uses them as painterly "brushstrokes of paper" to produce lyrical collages containing abstracted "mindscapes" and whimsical social commentary. Inﬂuenced by music, her love affair with color, life's events and her deep reverence for nature, the artist states: "the planet Earth is a small green island -- an emerald gem to be cared for and appreciated. We must protect and nurture all the living beings who inhabit it." In keeping with that philosophy and her conviction that artists have a responsibility to open a dialog with the viewer about life issues, she was commissioned to create a collage mural for the Albert Einstein Medical Outpatient AIDS Wing in 1992 entitled The Powers of Healing.
Stacey Clarfield Newman, Nevaeh's Tears, hand painted, hand made and Ebru marbled painted paper collage on Rives, 32" x 24".
Most recently, Ms. Clarﬁeld Newman spent two months living and working in Kolkata, India at the Udayan School, a welfare and rehabilitation school for children of leprosy patients. There she taught her techniques of “painting with paper” collage to 300 children ages 4 - 18, living with the students in the girls dormitory, crossing cultural and language barriers through art. In February of 2010, she curated and mounted an exhibit, “Art of the Heart,” of the childrenʼs work at the prestigious Chamber of Congressʼ Palladian Lounge in Kolkata to rave reviews in the cityʼs renowned cultural media. The show was a resounding success and the proceeds of the art sales were donated for the continued welfare of Udayan School.
Ms.Clarﬁeld Newman has exhibited widely across the United States and internationally as well, most recently showing in Chicago and in Colorado. Her work was featured this fall in a group exhibition at the Viridian Artists Gallery in New York. For more information please visit her website at staceypaintsindia.com.