Artist Feature: Water-dreamer by Claire Lichtenstein

A feature showcase of paintings by Claire Lichtenstein

Water-dreamer 

Opening 7 October 2017, 11AM

David Krut Bookstore 151 Jan Smuts Avenue

 

“The element of water is the fundamental metaphor for depth and past time.” – Gaston Bachelard, philosopher.

Claire works from Johannesburg’s Assemblage’s Artist Studios

Flow is the mutual nature of water and paint. There is life in paint. It is an endlessly changing and dynamic substance, just as human beings are. Paint translates the essence of water into an image. The image is an idea in physical form – alchemy. This is the abstract relationship being contemplated  – Water is paint, is image and is psyche. Lichtenstein transforms paint, the substance, like an alchemist; into an image, into psyche, evoking the senses and the imagination.

Lichtenstein considers water the “liquid language” of her work

“The image of water has the ability to transport us – inspiring thoughts of infinity – or instilling tranquil stillness within our being. Paradoxically and not unlike the story of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the image can arouse romantic notions of death, speaking of melancholy and even offering comfort in dissolving our unhappiness in its substantial-nothingness. So too do my paintings, like water, portray dark still ponds, inviting us to die, swallowing all shadows, rousing thoughts of infinite pain and suffering, offering solitude and a place to hide our secrets below the surface. They encourage us to surrender to them.

Water is self-reflecting, as is the process of looking at and making a painting narcissistic and self-absorbing. There is sense of peace and pleasure in wading in this mysterious, beautiful sorrow because it is, poetic and meaningful. Only by going into the rough ocean – into the breakers – do we discover who we really are.” – Claire Lichtenstein

 

We are pleased to introduce  Claire’s work as a feature showcase  at our bookstore at 151 Jan Smuts Avenue in Parkwood, from 7 October to 4 November 2017.

Find details for featured works below:

 

Untitled 1

76x71cm

Oil on Canvas

2017

 

Untitled 2

76x71cm

Oil on Canvas

2017

 

Untitled 3

61x51cm

Oil on Canvas

2017

 

Untitled 4

76x76cm

Oil on Canvas

2017

 

Untitled 5

92x76cm

Oil on Canvas

2017

 

Untitled 6

71x61cm

Oil on Canvas

2017

 

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