Diane Charyk Norris | Shoreline/Coastline at New England Biolabs

Shoreline/Coastline at New England Biolabs

December 10, 2013  •  1 Comment

I am pleased to announce that I am an exhibiting artist at New England Biolabs (NEB) from December 17 to January 28, 2014 through Art Focus.  The show is open during the weekday by appointment.  You are most welcome to contact me to arrange a visit.

Shoreline/Coastline #2. 2013. Acrylic on wood. ARTIST STATEMENT

Shoreline/Coastline

“In the world there is nothing softer and more yielding than water.  Yet, when it attacks things hard and resistant, there is not one of them that can prevail.”  Lao-Tzu (6th C BC)

 

On an incoming tide, there is a moment when water and land float in equilibrium.  Land hovers over water in dissolving fingers of currents until they are gone.  Ultimately, water is transformed by sky in an ever-changing floating environment.  This systemic network of channels weaves a timeless pattern of vast elemental space.

 

The dialogue between sky, water, and land is generated in circulating pathways in tide flats at the mouth of a river, rocky tidal coves, and submerging seaweed.  My response is this series of paintings made of interconnected marks, blended light, and color passages to invite contemplation and exploration beyond the surface.

 

Tidal bodies are dynamic natural forces that symbolize the ongoing change in our environment.  As an artist and architect living on the ocean, I have a visceral response to barrier beaches, coastal storms, and changing coastlines.  I pause to think of the current erosion cycle we are facing on the New England coast with deep respect.  For now, the land simply disappears, then reappears when the tide turns or the storm subsides.

 

I invite the viewer to enjoy these watery worlds, and ponder on the forces that shape them.

 

 

“It is the constant destruction and renewal that keep barrier beach islands healthy.  As long as such a beach can move, pulsate, and grow, it can continue to reform and gradually migrate landward.” 

William Sargent (2013)

 

 

 

December 2013


Comments

Larry Grob(non-registered)
Hi Diane. Saw your Biolabs show going up the day mine was coming down. Loved the technique, the subjects, the verticals. Wish you the best as you continue to interpret the land around us. Great work...and thanks.
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