My first solo show is up at Hobbs Coffee in Swarthmore PA, – my home town.
We had a really great opening – lots of fun, the walls were filled with the color and light of my work. Many friends and many new folks as well. Great music by my friend EJ Simpson (and my dears sisters of Anjali and I joined him for a few tunes). 3 paintings from the show will be going bye bye after the show, so far. My dear friend Martha helped me hang the show – which is a varied group of pieces including some of my photographs from my recent time in beautiful Mexico. If you are local, I hope you’ll stop by!
Here is my artist’s statement for the show, along with a few pictures. Hope you are all well and enjoying the fact that SPRING has finally arrived! Blessings!
Here’s the show “statement”:
“People say that what we’re all seeking is meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”~ Joseph Campbell
“Explorations: One Artist’s Path”
Mixed Media, Acrylic Paintings and Photography of Clair Oaks
April 11 – May 9, 2014
In my work as an artist (musical and visual), I have long been compelled to express my soul’s yearning to remind me of who I am. Not who I am, as in: Clair Oaks, mother, wife, friend, daughter, yoga teacher, musician, and visual artist, not as one of the varied roles I play in my life, but the deeper “me,” as a soul, an expression of consciousness, of prana, of life — that essence which connects us all as beings on this beautiful planet. During the past year, my total infatuation with painting still strong, I also began to branch out and experiment with mixed media, creating pieces using acrylic paint along with collage elements, and playing with new textures and images. The natural world still figures prominently in my work, perhaps because nature so clearly expresses Consciousness just by its presence and beauty.
For many years, I have been a lover of photography (practicing and appreciating) in addition to painting. Strangely though, I never printed my own work. I am not sure why, but after a life altering trip to Mexico (San Miguel de Allende) this winter, I decided to play with printing some of the photos taken in that beautiful place. I am sharing some of the results with you in this show.
“Explorations – One Artist’s Path,” is a body of work that represents my creative meanderings primarily over the last year, with a few pieces from earlier stages of my development as an artist. I appreciate being able to share the show with you and I appreciate your taking the time to look, and see, and feel it. My hope is that the work touches you in that place within, where we are all connected, because we are humans, because we are alive. ~Clair