New Work by Barbara Spadaro
New Work by Miyung Lee
Exhibition dates: November 4-27, 2011
These new paintings by Barbara Spadaro combine forms from the natural world and images from art history to create a world of tantalizing narratives. Each canvas is a vast space without reference points, allowing the forms and figures to communicate open-endedly with each other and with the viewer, suggesting themes and narratives that extend beyond their usual significance. These works liberate each viewer to flesh out the relationships that are hinted at, completing each story in a unique way.
Additional images of Barbara Spadaro’s work may be found at http://flic.kr/s/aHsjw3JJCD
(above — Silence by Miyung Lee)
Artist Biography -- Miyung Lee was born in South Korea and came to America after marriage. She used to be a Biology teacher at the girl’s high school in Korea and a bilingual psychiatric counselor and an addiction specialist in America. She studied psychiatric counseling and attended post master program of addiction at Adelphi University in NY and received her MSW and CSW. She started studying art in her late age and finished at Tyler School of Art, Temple University and had a Gillery Robert Award in 2007 and Dean’s Award, a Painting Award in 2008. She finished a post Bachelor in 2009. She receives the Merit Scholarship while attending her MFA and PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art). Since 2008 she has been a member of Highwire Gallery (artists’ coop gallery). Studying art is completely for her desire of self accomplishment. Her painting is her tool to find her inner-world identification and to communicate to others.
Artist’s Statement – Theme of my painting is yearning, and yearning of my late mother whom I lost last year. Due to unexpected acute infection she had been in coma for two weeks at the hospital in Korea and left without having any chance to say ‘good bye.’ Objectively her death is just a part of human nature. However, for me I lost my dearest lover. My heart hs been filled with sorrow and has been acting like a two-year old orphan.
I really need a new level of relationship with her and so I began writing all my memories and thoughts over and over for many months on a roll of rice paper. My painting is the story behind me and my late mother. I used the Korean consonant without vowels and symbolic marks as a form of visual language in my painting. The process of my painting is so important that my emotion and thought have been explored by handling in different motions and colors on the canvas. Final image is not what I planned, but shows more than what I expected.