Monthly Archives: May 2015

About the cutouts

In découpage, the paper is no longer the recipient of art, but becomes the art form, the Gestalt, itself.

The idea for a cutout begins with a fleeting vision of two or more colors. Thus color is what drives the process; form will follow. The more spontaneous I am, the better it will be for the end product. In other words, the optimal juxtaposition of colors will come to me provided I don’t try to conjure it up. Any attempts at forcing a design to be born will be met with failure. That may sound harsh.  After all, aren’t artists supposed to have a vague idea of what they want to create? Maybe. All I know is that for me, during découpage, the left side of my brain–analytical, logical, numerical–has to go into sleep mode while the right side unleashes my creativity.

Inspiration strikes at random. It could be triggered by glimpses of a dog wearing a bright orange bandana, the pattern on a woman’s dress, summer fruit in a colorful bowl.  Color surrounds me, engulfs me, nourishes me. Form, like scaffolding, gives the cutout structure.

Thirteen large cutouts I made recently–among them Femme au chapeau–are going on display at the Kemmerer Library in Harding Township near Morristown on June 18.  Come and enjoy the show!






Date correction re. Kemmerer Library exhibit

Please note that there is an error in my previous post regarding the opening of my solo show at the Kemmerer Library:

The exhibit opens Thursday, June 18 (not 17). The reception is June 18 from 5:30- 7 pm.

Sincere apologies.



Upcoming exhibits

How am I doing, you ask.

I’m doing well, thank you. With all the changes that occurred over the past few months, that wasn’t a given. In fact, earlier this year I began to wonder why I was coping so well with my mother’s passing. I thought my grief would wreak havoc on my life. But there I was, talking about her, thinking of her, remembering her without shedding a tear.  And then I got it: She was the one who gave me the strength to carry on as I have.  Merci, maman!

Now, I miss her terribly.

On the other hand, I have my art to sustain me and exhibits to prepare for.  New venues, new artwork, new experiences. To date, this is my schedule for the spring/summer of 2015:

THE ATRIUM, Morristown Court House, 10 Court St., 4th Floor: Contemporary Art Group Exhibit from May 4 to September 11. Opening reception: May 14, 6:30-9 pm.

ZUFALL HEALTH, 18 W. Blackwell St., Dover: “Childhood Memories” group show from May 16 to August 16. Opening reception: June 5, 5:30-8 pm.

D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST, Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton: “Palette with Purpose: The Function of Color in Nature” exhibit from June 8 to July 31. Opening reception: June 19, 5:30-7:30 pm.

KEMMERER LIBRARY, 19 Blue Mill Rd., Harding Township: Solo exhibit of my latest creations,  the “M” Cutouts, from June 17 to September 2. Opening reception: June 17, 5:30-7 pm.

I look forward to seeing you there. If I may be so bold–oh well, I am bold. Let me just say this: the cutouts are awesome!