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Eclectic Obsessions in ‘What She Saw’
Lately, artist Amy
Goodwin 87 ID
has been obsessed with an eclectic set of things she sums up as “roses,
gardens, campfires and rabbits.” All four are well represented in What She
Saw, a solo show of new paintings on
view through May 13 at the Albright Art Gallery in Concord, MA.
A Foundation Studies faculty member,
Goodwin took her work in a fresh direction in 2008, at a time when she admits
to being “anxious about everything. Fear ended up being a license to try
something new,” she says in her artist’s statement.
an airbrush and separate elements covered with acrylics, she began piecing together her paintings like
a collage. “I donʼt want to create a signature style but I do want to make
things I havenʼt seen before,” she explains.
Vivid colors, graphic simplicity and a focus on the
painterly surface characterize Goodwin’s
paintings, which often
combine figurative and surreal elements in equal measure. She cites her
interest in modernism, design and the work of Ellsworth Kelly and Milton
Avery as important influences.
live in a complex reality of motherhood and daughterhood,” Goodwin notes. “I am
witness to teenage brains that are forming and elderly brains that are in
decline. This has made me realize that life is held together by fragile
membranes, and that the notion of self is really a process and not something
finds that the fragility of flowers, which decay soon after they bloom, is an
apt metaphor for what she sees all around her every day – the “fragile
membranes” of life. However, her bright, decorative style belies much of
what weighs on her mind as part of the generation sandwiched between aging
parents and children who are becoming young adults, she says. And it’s an irony
that pleases her.
earning a degree in Industrial Design from RISD, Goodwin went on to study
painting at Yale, graduating with an MFA in 1994. She has taught at RISD since
1991, first in ID and more recently in Foundation Studies. Her fine art work is
included in many private and public collections throughout the country.
Albright Art Gallery
Amy Goodwin’s blog
Article in artscope magazine
, Foundation Studies