Christine Neil: Land & Sea ~ Recent Watercolors and Mixed Media Prints
EXHIBITION and FUNDRAISER
NOV 3rd through DEC 15th, 2006 ~ RECEPTION DEC 5th, 5:00-7:00 PM
Nature has long been the subject of Christine Neill's large watercolors, and smaller mixed media prints. In these new works she explores moments where plants intersect with the human world, employing natural forms as the embodiment of myth and metaphor. Anthropomorphic, atmospheric and emotional elements intersect with the analytical for overall psychological and visual effect.
The immediate and illusive transparency of watercolor appropriately expresses the unseen ephemeral states of nature. In her studioNeill isolates plant images from the natural environment and chronicles growth as well as decay. Taking cues from both the plant world and human experience, she uses light and shadow, vivid and rotting color, familiar and menacing shapes to compare natural activities to similar human events.
Some of the work combines digital printing processes with hands-on techniques of painting and drawing. Watercolors are layered with digital prints. The resulting mixed-media pieces layer a representation of the object with a painterly interpretation, contrasting the analytical and formal with the expressive and organic.
Neill traces much of her recent work to her academic experiences at Skidmore, where she entered college intending to be a biology major. At the same time she was studying the origins of life in the bio lab, she was totally engaged in a drawing course. This drawing work she did with Phillip Guston in 1968 was seminal. She states; I was captured by the view through the trees and a close examination of the plant material along the trail. Thus began my long journey to the images you see today.For thirty years Christine Neill has had frequent solo shows on the East Coast and has participated in national and international group and juried shows. Neill’s work is included in numerous private and public collections.She has received a Mellon Arts Grant, a Maryland State Arts Council Fellowship and numerous MICA Faculty Development Grants, among others. Neill has spent summers and holidays in the Berkshires and more recently in New Hampshire, where she owns a home and paints daily in a carriage barn studio. She was born in Massachusetts and is a Professor of Fine Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art.
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