“Snake Charmer” 40×40 watercolor and acrylic on paper
Christine Alfery’s work from her Circus Series titled “Snake Charmer” just received an award for “Outstanding Abstract”  in the Illinois National Exhibition.  “Snake Charmer” has been accepted in the Northwest Arts Center’s Americas 2019: All Media Exhibition and was also honored there  with a merit award.

“Snake Charmer” was a featured work in the Spectrum Exhibition during Art Basel week, in the Art Blend Gallery’s exhibition space along with the entire collection, including “Circus Series“, “DivaBlue Lady“, and “Performers: Send In The Clowns.”

My artwork is like a story board that speaks to my philosophical beliefs about life, the roads I have traveled and the questions I have asked and tried to answer. My work speaks to the concept of choice and the changes choice brings about. For me choice is all about individual freedom, a freedom that can or cannot help form our realities and what we believe in.

 

 

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
~ Picasso

I know not anything more pleasant, or more instructive, than to compare experience with expectation, or to register from time to time the difference between idea and reality.
~ Samuel Johnson

I know of a chocolate company that makes the most exquisite chocolate I have ever had. Not only does the chocolate have an eloquent aesthetic appearance but the taste of the chocolate is exactly as I imagined it would be. The chocolates reality and my idea of the chocolates reality matched.

There are many times though when I indulge myself with chocolate that the reality of the chocolate isn’t anywhere near my expectation of how it should taste. The same is true when it comes to painting. When I begin a painting, my expectations for that painting sometimes don’t match the reality of the work. The excitement of the expectation and the reality of how it turned out sometimes don’t match.

Art is about this type of discovery, both it’s expectations and aesthetic appearance and about the reality of the work after it has traveled through many phases of discovery and experimentation is either yea it is finished or gosh this looks different. It is that comment, when I say it to myself when I finish the work, this looks different, that I realize I have created something I am uncomfortable with but others absolutely love.

I see the difference, I feel the difference and I worry that it won’t be sensed the way I sensed it. It won’t be that piece of chocolate I absolutely love but that piece of chocolate whose reality didn’t meet it’s my expectations of it’s aesthetics.

What a lovely experience art truly is, to have it’s reality and it’s expectations of it’s aesthetics line up.n’t match.

Art is about this type of discovery, both it’s expectations and aesthetic appearance and about the reality of the work after it has traveled through many phases of discovery and experimentation is either yea it is finished or gosh this looks different. It is that comment, when I say it to myself when I finish the work, this looks different, that I realize I have created something I am uncomfortable with but others absolutely love.

I see the difference, I feel the difference and I worry that it won’t be sensed the way I sensed it. It won’t be that piece of chocolate I absolutely love but that piece of chocolate whose reality didn’t meet it’s my expectations of it’s aesthetics.

What a lovely experience art truly is, to have it’s reality and it’s expectations of it’s aesthetics line up.