Striving by Aurelle Purdy Sprout
20 x 24 inches
year created: 2021
“This work was completed during the stressful time our nation is still undergoing. My inspiration was a 10-minute sketch of a model's pose prior to the quarantine. The idea of his hands developing into a tree developed as my ideas congealed. From reading very troubling newspaper articles, I used only unidentified snippets to represent my deep concerns into an artwork which included darker themes below and more positive resolutions above.”
Artist’s Connection to Theme: The process of creating Striving and the resulting product helped her (and still helps her) to cope positively with our current political situation.
Image Description: Translucent man stretches up & becomes tree.
Aurelle has resumed her painting career ever since retiring from art teaching six years ago. While teaching she received a fellowship with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation as artist-educator with numerous art travel excursions and mini-grants thereafter. Exhibiting during her teaching years and now, she has been in assorted juried shows such as Phillips' Mill, Ellarslie, D&R Greenway, New Hope Arts, and Artsbridge and has had the honor of receiving awards as well, including a current one at the Ellarslie Open ’21. Fortunately, before the COVID19 quarantine, Aurelle had two solo exhibits: one at The Present-Day Club, Princeton; the other at The Bank of Princeton, Lambertville. The third, a duo exhibit, was in process when the artwork needed to come down due to the pandemic.
Nature is the inspiration and energy of most of her work. She also is inspired by figurative work that delves into emotional, psychological, and political issues. The figurative works are based upon life drawings that inspire her to express the concerns. Her nature subjects are mostly landscaping and animals which are created using primarily acrylic and/or mixed media. Expression is a creative process. What if this? What if that? Risk-taking, reflection, development and surprise are aspects of the process that keep her highly engaged. The natural world is her guide to the magic of creativity whereas her figurative work is her guide to self-expression.
Frame: Black frame (simple).
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