SISTERS: LIVES IN ART
Cambridge Art Association
October /November 2008
My oil paintings attempt to portray the daily rhythms of women across the world - in morning markets, at festivals, as members of their village gamelan orchestra. Inspiration for many of the paintings in this show are drawn from the markets of Arusha in Tanzania, Marrakesh in Morocco and Ubud in Bali. Four of the paintings draw their inspiration from Balinese temple festivals – three from a womens’ gamelan orchestra playing at a village festival. I was particularly moved by the pride these women radiated as they played music that until very recently had been played only by men.
This show, Sisters: Lives in Art, was an opportunity for two friends, myself and Ilana Manolson, to show together with our sisters, Frith Bail and Juli Buyon, who both work in clay. This was the first time we had the opportunity to see so many of our pieces side by side. We invited viewers to explore and discover along with us how our intersecting lives have influenced our art – to identify themes, references, relationships and inspirations. For just as the women we have become has been shaped by our sisters, so has our art.
Sisters Show Artist Statement
This show came about because four girls grew up in homes surrounded by art; raised by parents and grandparents who felt that art was as essential as breath, as joy, as love – well . . . as essential as family.
Those girls are from two different families and two different countries. Lori Lander and Ilana Manolson became friends over 25 years ago through their newcomer status in Cambridge and their shared passion for art. During the many years of their friendship they have collaborated on projects, supported each other and influenced each other’s work in myriad subtle and not so subtle ways. They have shared holidays, birthdays, child rearing, joys and sadness and become over the many years of their friendship – sisters.
It so happens they each have a sister that works in clay – Ilana’s sister Frith Bail in Montreal and Lori’s sister Julie Buyon in New York. It seemed so natural that the painters and the potters bring their collective works together in a celebration of sisterhood.
This was the first time we had the opportunity to see so many of our pieces side by side. We invited viewers to explore and discover along with us how our intersecting lives have influenced our art – to identify themes, references, relationships and inspirations. For just as the women we have become has been shaped by our sisters, so has our art.
Morning Market Arusha
Morning Market Marrakesh
Morning Market Ubud I
Morning Market Ubud II
Morning Market Ubud III
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