Friday, October 4, 2019
NORTHERN LANDSCAPE IN NORTHERN SONG
Northern Landscapes in Northern Song features paintings in the here and now in a style from medieval China.
Colleen studied Art History at Wellesley College and took electives in Studio Art at Harvard, Plymouth State, and Wellesley. She finished her Bachelor’s degree in 10 years, paying as she went, accumulating no debt in preparing for artistic pursuits. Making New York her home she became best known for her puppetry in immersive theatre. In 2015, she wrote 40 poems which she performed as a spoken word duet with ambient sound live accompaniment. In 2016 she hung 36 life drawings in a solo show in Queens.
Growing up in Laconia, NH, Colleen attended Catholic parochial and public schools. For twenty years, her elementary school art teacher Marcy Yerkes proved to be the most influential, until her first advanced class with Paul Stopforth at Harvard. Colleen returned to the mountains in 2017 for a lifestyle change, starting with a season pass at Cannon Mountain and a job teaching skiing. Colleen continues to teach yoga, as she has been since 2008. She is fortunate to have her parents, her boyfriend, and WREN very supportive of her continuing her artistic pursuits here.
“My style is to not have my style. Before I’m an artist, I’m an academic. Studying art history, I take in other artists’ motives, process, inspiration, and apply this to my own work. This way I adopt different styles, serially and cumulatively.”
“My influence for this show is a period of landscape painting referred to as Northern Song. The Song dynasty ruled China for some 300 years in the first millennium. In this time, painting was essentially a process of practicing Neo-Confucian ideals, brush-in-hand. Artists’ representations of the landscape influences how we see it in real life, and the mountains of China were in the right place at the right time to be painted in the style of Northern Song. Unlucky for us, the Northern Song painters weren’t around to show us the White Mountains in their worldview. For this show, I take on the philosophy and techniques of Northern Song painters in attempt to represent the New Hampshire landscape as a first-millennium Neo-Confucian might have done.”
“I’m passionate about art history, and devising a show grounded in a historical context is my way of teaching art history. On a day-to-day basis, art is self-care. Making art, I feel productive, focused, relaxed, at once present and connected with the wider world of artists throughout time.”