Mary Beth Barrett
Oil on Panel
22.5 x 18.5 x 1.5"
The contrasts of early spring were alive and vivid in this fog shrouded scene. Redbuds just peaking out and waking up. I could almost hear the whispers in the fog that morning telling their secrets.
I am fascinated with the illusion of three dimensionality on a two dimensional surface. Creating depth, texture and the illusion of reality is magical to me. I want the viewer to feel that they can pick up the objects, touch the faces, feel the breeze. I love the challenge of creating those tactile impressions. My years as a dancer/choreographer working in a three dimensional, rectangular space and creating impermanent work have led me to seek its opposite. But the irony is that what I create with paint on a flat surface feels more spacious than the works I created on stage. That tension between reality and illusion, dimensionality of space and making the impermanent permanent is what motivates all my work today.