Christine Alfery

Rolling Stones 2

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Rolling Stones, 30 x 30
Original unique water media on paper
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Giclee print on paper
2019

 

Distinctions:

"Rolling Stones" was accepted into the State of The Arts 2020 virtual juried exhibition sponsored by the R.G. Endres Gallery in Prairie Village, Kansas.

Finalist. Artist of the Year Award. Circle Foundation For The Arts. Lyons, France. 2020

National Juried Exhibition. “Rolling Stones”   International Society of Experimental Artists.

2nd Place. Juried International On Line Exhibition. American Art Awards 2019. “Rolling Stones.”

“Rolling Stones,” has been accepted for inclusion in the Northwest Arts Center’s Americas 2019: All Media Exhibition.

 

Artist statement:

Movement always appears in my work as do circles.  I wanted to work with a different palate the day I created this piece: blacks, greys, whites, thin lines, thick lines, positive and negative spaces.  The piece came together quickly because I had put these limitations on the work beforehand.  And as I turned it in many directions thinking about a title I saw rolling stones.  So that is the title I gave it. But as I have learned in other works I have created this work took on a whole lot of meaning for me as I began to talk about it.  

First was the visual image – every time I look at this piece I see clear water moving over stones in a creek.  Ripples and reflections. I only see beauty.

Then I thought of the musical group Rolling Stones – I imagine they called themselves that because they were always on the move – they gathered no moss.  I don’t know but that is what the older staying implies, a rolling stone gathers no moss. 

The idea that the phrase a rolling stone gathers no moss has so many ways it could be understood.  The rolling stone that has no permanence had an aura of negativity surrounding it. It carried with it no roots, and roots were thought of as something positive.

I tend to think the opposite.  I think of roots like I think of history – they/it are the baggage we carry with us as we travel through life.  And this traveling, this movement allows for change and I think for the most part change is healthy because it implies growth and new and different perspectives think of movement as change and change as healthy.  I think of a stationary rock as beautiful but unchanging. Today change and adaptability are important.