Essays and Profiles

Kindred Spirits Art Exhibition catalog writerKindred Spirits

Exploring Abstract Expressionism Today

Abstract Expressionism was a post-World War II movement that happened in New York during the 1940s and 50s, and there are numerous artists that work in abstract expressionistic modes today. This exhibition represents the work of six contemporary painters that have been influenced by this movement of art—the first art movement to put New York City at the center of the Western art world.
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About the Artist written essay for Carlos RamirezEssay: Carlos Ramirez

About the Artist Essay, 2016

Carlos Ramirez’s joyous, deep paintings invite us to connect with him at a level beyond words. His large-scale abstractions are serene and yet buoyant, tethered yet open, intuitive yet structured—closing the gap between the dualities that exist in both life and painting.
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Writer for self-published book by painter Jay ZerbeEssay: Jay Zerbe

Essay for Painter Self-Published Book, 2014

One can get lost in the gestural patchwork of Jay Zerbe’s paintings—paintings that defy boundaries as the eye wanders beyond the substrate’s format—elevating the imagination and heightening sensibilities. Like moments of flux caught by the eye of a millisecond camera, they are mysterious views into the workings of something grander and indecipherable. Powerful, stimulating, intriguing, and always challenging, they resonate deeply with our inner being, breathing in and out—inviting us to fully investigate them.
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ISKANDER ESSAYEssay: Jacqueline Iskander

Essay for Artist Brochure

One of Jacqueline Iskander’s most vivid childhood memories involves wandering the Missouri countryside when she was barely a teenager. Awakening one winter morning to a snow-covered landscape, she instinctively donned her boots and coat, walked up a gravel road, and proceeded in the direction of a lake.

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painting by Adele SypesteynEssay: Adele Sypesteyn

Essay for Artist Website

From a place of quiet solitude, Adele Sypesteyn creates work that gives voice to her interior world—one beyond words. She has ferried through life’s valleys of losses and gains, and the excavation of that life is from a reservoir brimming with experience and depth. Out of this excavation she creates layer after layer on her canvases, a subconscious recorded history of sorts, which she then offers to us as a portal to our own awareness and peace.

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Essay for artist brochure - Audrey PhillipsEssay: Audrey Phillips

Essay for Artist Brochure, 2012

Abstract rhythms, immediately felt, can serve as an expression of the inner self. Painter Robert Motherwell noted this in discussions of his work, as did other abstractionists who sought to move beyond referential notions of reality, focusing instead on the expansive possibilities of an interior world.

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Profile: Sam Gruber

Published in Expressive Drawing, Steven Aimone, 2009, Lark Books

Sam Gruber owned and operated an employment agency in Manhattan for many years. He finally sold it in 1967, when he was 60. He had begun playing the cello when he was 40 and was glad to be able to devote more time to his music during this period of his life. But, according to May (his widow), Sam felt like he could never “catch up” with other musicians, because he had begun playing so late.

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Profile: Bill Traylor

Published in Expressive Drawing, Steven Aimone, 2009, Lark Books

Bill Traylor was born into slavery on a plantation, near Benton, Alabama. After the Civil War, Bill continued to live on the plantation, but in 1939, he left because everyone of importance to him had moved on. Bill’s wife had died and his nine grown children had moved away from the area, so he relocated to Montgomery.

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Profile: Jan Bailey

Published in Expressive Drawing, Steven Aimone, 2009, Lark Books

Jan Bailey is a well-respected poet and the author of three poetry collections. She continued to write until the death of her mother several years ago. After this pivotal event, she found herself with a serious case of writer’s block at the age of 63.

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Profile: Pam Moran

Published in Expressive Drawing, Steven Aimone, 2009, Lark Books

Like so many of us, Pam Moran enthusiastically created drawings as a child. When she decided to pursue this more seriously in college by majoring in art, however, she hit a roadblock in her first composition class.

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Profile: Elizabeth Layton

Published in Expressive Drawing, Steven Aimone, 2009, Lark Books

Elizabeth Layton was the daughter of a newspaper publisher in Wellsville, Kansas. A mother to five children, she was a journalist and creative writer who, following her father’s death, served as the manager of the newspaper. For 30 years, however, she suffered from severe bouts of manic-depression.

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Essay: Nick Cave

Published in The Fiberarts Book of Wearable Art, Katherine Duncan Aimone, 2002

Nick Cave has been called many things – an artist, an academician, a designer, a dancer, a performance artist, a sculptor. His multi-media/multi-dimensional approach to his art reflects the direct way in which he responds to his own personal history, and his need to stretch conventional boundaries. Cave says that he strives to create meaning in his work that “makes a difference in the lives of individuals.”

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Essay: Mary Jaeger

Published in The Fiberarts Book of Wearable Art, Katherine Duncan Aimone, 2002

Influenced by centuries-old techniques, Mary Jaeger’s work supplies an innovative bridge between the distant past and the yet-to-be future. Fusing the energies innate to Western innovation and Eastern mastery of process, she creates bodies of work that echo her creative desires and changing interests. She has cultivated her own aesthetic through processes that are used as tools for the expression of her ideas.

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Essay: Catherine Bacon

Published in The Fiberarts Book of Wearable Art, Katherine Duncan Aimone, 2002

Catherin Bacon is the first to admit that she doesn’t fit into the “one-of-a-kind” handmade category. She is a designer who collaborates with others who make the fabrics and accessories that she assembles into singular and striking ensembles.

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Essay: Tim Harding

Published in The Fiberarts Book of Wearable Art, Katherine Duncan Aimone, 2002

With the eye of a surgeon who knows the anatomy of the world beneath his scalpel, Tim Harding cuts through layers of fabric in a revealing way. The armature of clothing, on which he hangs his formal considerations, is secondary to his obsession with texture, color, line, and mark.

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Essay: Jean Williams Caciedo

Published in The Fiberarts Book of Wearable Art, Katherine Duncan Aimone, 2002

When Jean Williams Caciedo was a child, she carefully arranged dollhouse furniture in shoe boxes, building small architectural kingdoms from her imagination. At an early age, she was interested in the structure of things, and that interest has compelled her to stretch the boundaries of the definitions of both art and craft.

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