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Miriam Brumer

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IMAGE DESCRIPTION - 1. Icarus, marker, acrylic, ink/vellum, 24 x 36 in, 2004. 2. Bouquet, marker and ink/vellum, 22 x 24 in, 2004. 3. Acrobats, marker, ink, acrylic/vellum, 24 x 36 in, 2004. All images © Miriam Brumer 2004.

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Making art is a chance for me to become involved in a kind of ‘magic.’ It is exciting to take an inert material and infuse it with life through color, line and surface. Transformation, organic and evolution are critical terms for me. I want the painting or drawing to convey a sense of imminent change, growth - even impending eruption. My initial impetus in making art was to express an interest in and curiosity about shapes and forms in the natural world; the earlier paintings were semi-abstractions based on flowers, shells, insects and microscopic images. Gradually I became more intrigued with the qualities contained within, rather than the outward appearances of, living forms, resulting in work that is evocative of life without describing it. My work often appears to be lit from within by some self-generating life force that gives to the piece an illusion of breathing. The most vital function of color here, is to evoke light, heat and energy. Likewise, lines, shapes and forms become dynamic, often pulsating, elements. Everything is in a state of animation - actual or potential. Nothing is explicit. These pieces evoke or suggest living substances in states of being. Creating them is a kind of alchemy, a semi-intuitive process, whose end results are worlds of my own.

My drawings are an opportunity for me to set in motion an environment in which suggestions of imminent change, growth, and impending eruption, are the norm. The lines, shapes and forms define pulsating components of a setting in which every element is evolving and in a state of restless animation. Space is ambiguous. Nothing is explicit. Colors and textures exist to evoke, rather than describe, living substances in states of being. Creating them is a chance for me to participate in a kind of mysterious alchemy, whose end results are worlds of my own.
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