“Some years ago, as a way of coming to terms with my ethnicity, I began integrating into my predominantly abstract paintings images from traditional Japanese woodblock prints to illustrate the concept of duality – of being Japanese and Canadian.
“Rocks are the exposed bones of the earth. Their size, solidity and longevity appeal to me, and the forces that form and sculpt them intrigue me.”
What are we really seeing when we look at another person? This is one variant of a question that two new shows at Studio 22 seem to be asking.
Flesh and Bone is a show of two separate, yet complimentary, bodies of work by two unique artists that viewed side by side reminds us of our own mortality and suggests that perhaps beauty is not only skin deep.
Human beings are wonderful actors. Our masks help us get into character and we call on our counterpart as needed to act out the scene as the script requires.
The paintings seen here represent my growing attention to landscapes, with nearly all subjects being only minutes away from my west Niagara studio.
What I experience when I look at Evelyn Rapin’s paintings isn’t quite thought or thinking. No. Rapin’s paintings compel associations that skip like a stone across the pond of memory and insist on a response.