Audrey Phillips: OPEN

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Audrey Phillips
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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5, 4-7pm


My recent life transitions allowed me to look deeply into my life and gave me the opportunity to clear out possessions and thoughts that complicate my world and discover new ways to create a more open, vital and creative life. How do I create a life that is as magical, open and calming as my art practice? Can I approach this new body of work the same way I want to approach life – with more openness, more lightness – creating room for the unexpected?

With that in mind, my summer studio practice began with the objective of paring down and embracing simplicity. I toggled between controlled restraint and open-ended exploration – a push and pull of two very different principles.

My palette was limited to a few select colors. My tools (brushes, palette knives and markmaking tools) were restricted as well. By employing simplicity and restraint (often considered counter intuitive to the creative brain), time opened up for more focus and intentionality in the process of looking at and creating the work. The exploration led to more complexity and decisions that had to be resolved.

I learned that simplicity is not simple.

I continue to work on simplifying my life, but in the end, I feel my paintings guided me to the place that provides the most openness and light in my life. As the work came into being, between passages of drawing and painting, I recognized a part of myself that often shows up in my work—the beautiful inspiration of nature, the place where I most often feel open, alive and connected. Perhaps the poet Rainer Maria Rilke sums it up best:“If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable,those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.”