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Marlow Shami ~ Seeing Nature through an Artist’s Lens
Artist statement: A thread-like intelligence attracts my attention in the art-making process. These attractions are the foundation of my creative impulse, and they are everywhere. My job as an artist is to follow their pull, collaborating as best as I can to reveal something new to both myself and for those experiencing my work.
Smells, colors, landscapes, people, sound, dreams are all are infused with this energy.
Like words used to build a story, sensory attractions create my experience. I wait, listen, trust, pause, listen, leap, stop, and begin again to collect, compose, wonder, experience. Making art is full of tiny rich steps needing attention and care.
Eventually, I become a translator, using my camera and a digital paintbrush to communicate the essence of this collaboration with Nature.
Although these two bodies of work appear to be different from one another, my intention is the same; to create for myself a sense of place, homelands. The dynamic character of the natural world in which I am embedded is endlessly engaged in the process of creating balance, homeostasis. Whether I am attracted to a feature within the landscape, or collecting the fragments of a dream as source material, both anchor me into a sense of homecoming: dynamic, new, alive.
The process of creating each piece in the ongoing series, Restoration, elicited a restorative response within me. The colors, smells, sounds, feelings, even the warm August breeze touched me 2:00 p.m. This free virtual program will be hosted in Zoom, but if the Zoom Webinar is full, head to the “CTWhiteMemorial” YouTube page or “The White Memorial Conservation Center” Facebook page, where it will be streaming live.

Sep 12, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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