Like many painters before me, I draw inspiration from the observation of Nature. What I seek is not to reproduce what I see, but to understand the colors, forces, movements and spatial tensions that characterize a particular place.
I wish to spend time at Weir Farm to work on a series entitled Stones Are the Roots of Clouds that explores the constantly shifting relationship between land and sky – a meditation upon the finite place we inhabit and its connection to the boundless sky. Outdoors, I will create sketches and watercolors that express different levels of light characteristic of this location. These would serve as a point of departure for larger abstract works in oil on 300 lb. paper to be completed in the studio.
I am specifically interested in working at Weir Farm because it is a solitary residency that offers a deeper connection to Nature -- a subject that is difficult to fully grasp in an urban environment like Montreal. Once completed, I would endeavor to exhibit the works on paper and supporting sketches at the Galerie d’Art d’Outremont in Montreal and if possible, in New York.
~ Cristina Bonilla
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