Over Labor Day Weekend I visited the gallery opening for my cousin, the artist Ellen Kozak at Argazzi Art in Lakeville Connecticut.
Ellen’s work Site/Sight is a reflection on the impermanence of nature from the perspective of the surface of water. She lives part of year along the bank of the Hudson River and goes to the river for her inspiration. Her work is a meditation on the changing nature of reality.
Here is an excerpt her artist statement:
I work from observation sometimes finishing paintings in one session but more often continuing to work on a painting for days or months. i am interested in looking at things, at change at the passage of time through the mediating lens of reflective surfaces.
The Buddha loved river metaphors comparing the self to a river. It has some kind of identity and is changing moment-by-moment.
To sit in the “chapel” of Argazzi Art and contemplate these representations of nature can be a meditation experience. Each piece captures a moment of perception, a moment of being alive and awake to see the beauty that is around us at all times in the form of light reflecting off surfaces.
We, too, are reflections off a surface. We don’t apprehend reality as much as construct through our perceptions. What we take to be “self” is such a reflection. Changing depending on the light and the angle from which it is construed. We too are fleeting representations of color and light.
If you are local to Lakeville, CT, I encourage you to go see the show, which hangs until 6 October 2010.