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Catherine di Napoli
Abstract Painting / Collage
My paintings capture moments of emotional energy. On walls, they change interior environments, and alter states of mind.
Series Ecstasy connects the painter—and the viewer--from ground to heavens. Old energy--as dark spirit--recycles into the earth; while fresh energy—as vibrant color—enters from above. I term “grounding” to mean energy simultaneously plugging into earth and sky…coursing through the medium of paint.
Series Pyrolle takes the viewer closer and within the grounding process. This series harnesses the power of the pyrolle orange pigment to frame the dark at its deepest. The pyrolle is essence: alive energy. When the blackness attempts to overtake brilliance and create depression, the pyrolle orange encircles the black hole, forcing limits, creating shape, a stop.
My challenge is the creation of competing energies as depicted forms battling in two dimensions. Painting forces of light to contain the dark into negative space—and transforming the darks and lights into tangible material—and firing the forces back out as contrasting spirits—is victory in paint.
Ground 13, 2017, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 48 x 72”
Ground 18, 2018, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 72 x 48”
Pyrolle II, 2016, Black gesso, pyrolle orange acrylic on thick wood panel, 3 x 4'.
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