The Gallery at Next Stage presents: Notes From the Universe Paintings by Liz Hawkes deNiord

May 19, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Next Stage
15 Kimball Hill
Putney, VT 05346

Notes From the Universe
A Collection of Paintings by Liz Hawkes deNiord
May 17 through August 15, 2018
Artist Reception: Saturday, May 19, 4:00–6:00pm
with Poetry Reading by Chard deNiord at 5:00pm
Notes From the Universe, my most recent and difficult painting, was inspired by a news story about the end of the Cassini spacecraft’s fourteen year long journey to Saturn where it simply ran out of fuel and was sent diving into oblivion. It was an idea that stung me to dive once again into the concept of  loss and gain.
Painting is an act of creating calls and responses, a back and forth exchange on the canvas and also unconsciously even when not in the studio. “Echoes, mirages, phantoms, hallucinations and like a dream..”
I look to the natural world and to the beauty and mess of daily living. I read and journal and absorb as much as possible. Paintings emerge from this, addressing the ephemeral and things that cannot stay-things that morph, divide, erode, mutate, reflect, shimmer, disseminate, evaporate, break,  fade, dissolve.
This collection of  paintings displays pieces layered with combined colors that create an iridescent quality; they are ‘excavated’ and peeled back to reveal radiant emanations.  What lies beneath each one is essential to what one sees on the surface.
How a painting begins and where it ends is challenging.  For the
Viewer, suspending judgement on a painting, what is it? what am I supposed to see?, frees him or her to enter into the same space as the painting without having it be something. People ask often how do you know when a painting is finished?  A painting is finished when it no longer talks back, like an exhalation.
As a counterpoint to making art, I read widely in all genres.  Sarah Bakewell’s biography on Montainge (who lived 1533-1592 and  radically changed his view of life after falling off his horse) labels each chapter with a question.  The following appears to resonates for painting as well as living:
How To Live? -or- A Life of Montaigne: In One Question and 20 Attempts at An Answer       
How to live? Don’t worry about death
How to live? Pay attention
How to live? Be born
How to live? Read a lot, forget most of what you read, and be slow witted How to live? Survive love and loss
How to live? Use little tricks
How to live? Question everything
How to live? Keep a private room behind the shop
How to live? Be convivial: live with others
How to live? Wake from the sleep of habit
How to live? Live temperately
How to live? Guard your Humanity
How to live? Do something no one has done before
How to live? See the world
How to live? Do a good job but not too good a job
How to live? Philosophize only by accident
How to live? Reflect on everything regret nothing
How to live? Give up control
How  to live? Be ordinary and imperfect
How to live? Let life be its own answer