Paintings and drawings : a private lifestyle

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Lucille Mann Spencer (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Andrew Martin

Abstract: The paintings and drawings I am exhibiting in this show are autobiographical, being glimpses of my own surroundings: my cats and the interior of my house. I have chosen to deal with interiors because the dark colors of my old furnishings and the shadow patterns cast by my shaded lamps are very attractive to me. The cats, living there, naturally enter the picture. I treat them as beautiful womanshapes in elaborate surroundings or put them in comical or anecdotal situations. However, they read most legibly as forms among other forms. The drawings and sketches of them are more explicit as to the cats' characters than the paintings are, and I am also better able to catch their acrobatics in drawings. Then I often think of them as Degas' ballerinas. The interiors, when dealt with simply as interiors, become a series of shapes and colors forming a close space packed with objects and shadow patterns. The room and its furnishings have their own life and inhabit the space with no need of other forms to cause interest for me. The colors of the objects change with the light and I exaggerate this change. I also like to use the colors, exaggerated thus, to form the mood of the room. The shapes are those I've chosen to live with—rounded, fat, arabesque. I am comfortable in changing their character with color or their importance with placement. I often exclude a large part of what is within my vision to concentrate on a detail of the scene. This makes the feel of the work closer, in either a cozy, inviting, or introspective way.

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Language: English
Date: 1975

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