Sumi-e (East Asian ink wash painting) largely informs my work. Meditation and planning are essential. It is impossible to correct the line once on paper. My hand betrays my inner state, requiring a balance of self-control and spontaneity. Before I begin I distill my subject’s essence in my mind. Every brush-touch must be full-charged with meaning, with useless detail eliminated. When I paint a flower I am freed from reproduction and inspired to convey its movement and fragrance.
Sunlit bank expanse
Mischievous dancing light
A song for my mother
In sumi-e painting, when you observe what you paint, you become it.
You no longer see the Japanese Crane as separate from you,
you have feathers and throw your head back as you dance with your brush
and touch the paper with your breath…
FEATHERED FLIGHTS AND FANTASIES
Featuring the work of:
Jerry Alt & Patricia Larkin Green
Curated by: Barbara Hirschfeld
The Metropolitan Club
233 S. Wacker Drive, 66th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606
Date: Friday, March 1
Time: 7:30 to 9:30