Josie Robertson Surgery Center 3rd Floor Art Walk
Medium: Dye on aluminum, multi panel
“I think of my work as an investigation. I think each piece comes out of the last piece, so in many ways the works and practice are a continuum of thought.”
I think of my work as an investigation. I look inward for inspiration.
Medium: Color Etching
“Our family would spend every weekend on our small Boston Whaler fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. For Halloween I would always want to be the Ocean. I know… what can I say … it was the 60’s. One of the requirements for the my art school portfolio was to illustrate an inspiration that compelled me. I drew myself sitting on a rock in the middle of a river. Being in and observing nature is art to me.”
In present day, I spend much of my time in upstate NY where my inspiration comes from time spent in the woods around my house. There is always something to paint if one takes the quiet time to just look at the space around them.
Medium: Oil on canvas
“In my work I seek a way of being that is quiet, continuous and alive. I just let the forms arrive. It’s a metaphysical exploration of real time space. I am inspired by analogies to nature as well as weather, music, sound waves, velocity scale and speed. I invite the viewer to contemplate presence in the fluidity of time.”
I became aware that my work as an artist offered me the most honest way of communicating all that I could be, more than any other role or position I inhabited. I felt that this work, enabled me to use all my brain power and move toward my depths and find them. Early on I realized this was a lifelong process of learning and growth and that even though what I did for a living might change, that being a painter would always stay with me.
Medium: Ink and acrylic polymers on museum board
“My simple process of drawing lines and adding pure (unmixed) color in seemingly random order results in unrepeatable patterns and combinations. The result is a surface of layered depth where geometry and gesture, structure and dissolution, order and chance all play out in interesting ways. The surface of the work is built up over time, and color shifts unexpectedly.”
Even though I work within very narrow parameters, it has always been important to me to create work that remains open and allows for as many readings and interpretations as possible.
Medium: Solar plate etching
“I think one of my favorite paintings is Matisse’s The Red Studio. The way he deals with space - flattening the space by using red oxide color throughout the entire painting. And yet, it reads as a room. It’s the other elements of painting that make (it) work. The angles placed by the other objects and the colors are so wonderful - pinks, greens, ochres. You feel joy when looking at this painting.”
Medium: Mixed media on paper
“This work of art is a sketch where I was creating a sculptural form from a painting and some trimmed parts of other paintings. The work is a part of a large series of paintings that include floor painting that I have been creating since 2014. The saturated blue color is one that speaks to me due to its density and matte finish.”
I like live music. I enjoy seeing the creative collaboration and cues that musicians share with one another on stage.
“I have been making art - primarily watercolors - my whole life, and was an art therapist early in my career at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. When I reached my late 60s, I realized that my true interest was in making my own fine art. I began printmaking in early adolescence with my father who was a fine arts professor who specialized in printmaking and rediscovered this medium a decade ago.”
All my work has to do with nature and my main motivation is protecting nature and sharing the wonders of the natural world with children and adults alike.
Medium: Collage on panel
“The title Wander is a reference not only to the text within the piece, but to the belief that exploration happens in many ways… through communication with others, the intrigue of wanting to know more and sometimes hidden messages throughout our daily lives. Exploring possibilities with color and form is customarily the starting point for my collage work.”
When I need some inspiration I usually spend time in my studio “not working” on my art. I consider my studio to be a sacred space for creating, but the energy there is also very conductive for meditation, reflection and inspiration.
“A seance to me, is a magical thought that might be invoked by many things such as ray of sunlight, a spring breeze, a fragrance, a shadow or sound etc that reminds us of a special moment in past time or an imagined scenario or recollection. The work is a visual equation that opens the portals of imagination.”
Art practice for me is an eternal quest and challenge to discover visual formulas to uplift humanity, bring ‘light’, and promote peace and understanding.
Medium: Collage and paint on paper
“Painting is a visual language so in a way I am arranging with pictures as a writer or a composer would. My inquiry is in the service of composition: if I do this, what will happen? This informs the picture and my next moves.”
I get inspiration from dreams and meditation, and from the artwork I have done already. I am inspired by literature and music. I like the structures in both. Both can have order and narrative which relates a lot to my work.
Medium: Acrylic on mylar panel
“This series of paintings evoke happy childhood experiences. To escape from my large raucous family, I would grab a book and take off for the woods and fields surrounding my neighborhood. Sitting in the cool shadows with my back against a tree, I’d get lost reading a novel, frequently looking up through the sheltering canopy above. I’d study the intricate shapes of the leaves and branches, and the designs created by the play of sunlight through the boughs.”
My painting process is like that early meditation. The images come from my photographs I’ve taken, which I painstakingly draw onto the painting surface.
“I love color; a made structure that seems to compete between being a painting and a sculpture. In that unknown space what remains is a see-saw of opposites; light-heavy, interior-exterior, planned-accidental, order-chaos, leading ultimately to a sense of life.”
Medium: Archival pigment print
“I often find inspiration in various places. Sometimes it strikes while researching topics online, or while hiking through a forest in the Catskills, or stumbling blearily through the house to go comfort my daughter and I notice the shadows cast by the trees on a moonlit night, or simply while laughing and talking with good friends. Part of being an artist is being present, aware, and staying open.”
“A devoted mother and grandmother, as well as a treasured friend, Josie was celebrated for her radiance, artistic talent, creativity, and graciousness. Josie Robertson was an ardent philanthropist and member of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Board of Overseers. The Josie Robertson Surgery Center, with its unique art collection, thoughtful design, and commitment to providing highly compassionate care, serves as an enduring tribute to her generosity of spirit and concern for the well-being of others.”