Things As They Are / Judy Garb-Weiss | Judy Garb-Weiss
Things As They Are / Judy Garb-Weiss
04 - 22 November 2010
This group of paintings, entitled "Things as They Are", is an extension of a body of work begun four years ago, in which I explore the manifest and the mysterious life of things.
While I endeavour to record their quiet dignity and occasional exuberance, the humble objects depicted in my paintings speak for themselves. They, not I, determine what they wish to impart and what they hold back from view. Some rest comfortably, others sit close to the edge, while others are suspended in momentary disbelief.
Through a considered engagement with these objects I attempt to grant them temporary leave of the work-a-day world. If, in doing so, I free them from the narrative we customarily place upon them, I will have succeeded in my task: representing things as they are.
I have spent much time studying the art of Vija Celmins and Giorgio Morandi, in particular their ability to bring an unadorned elegance to whatever is at hand. I also pay homage to Giotto and Piero della Francesca for inspiring me to strive toward something approaching a state of grace in my work.