Like many artists working in non-objective abstract, I want my work to reawaken a feeling or a memory of something important to my viewer. By manipulating, altering and pushing fabric, paper and other materials I create a textured surface full of movement which allows me to express my passions inspired by moments important to me. Subsequent applications of paint in a limited palette allow me to enhance, direct and highlight parts of my canvas; colour always enhancing the texture, never overwhelming it.
Niagara artist Darlene Monroe spent her early career in education and as a potter. Her highly textured mixed media paintings harken back to her days manipulating clay. She likes to work in large shapes and grand sweeps of colour to help convey the strong feelings she is depicting on her canvases. She has been active in the visual arts as teacher, director and exhibiting artist for thirty years. She has been involved in group and solo exhibitions in North America and Europe.
Out of a Silent Planet Textiles, acrylic paint, 30x40" Out of the Silent Planet This 30x40” work consists of paper, reclaimed and new fabric and acrylic paint on canvas. It is a frame-within-frame composition. Named for the second book in a C.S Lewis trilogy, my canvas Out of the Silent Planet speaks of the calm and peaceful atmosphere of that other world. Occupied by three nations of beings each very different from the other, the planet knows no murder, war or hatred. All live in harmony and acceptance and without corruption, envy or greed. One of the nations is the Sorns. They are extremely tall, speak poetically and are the most intellectual of the three races. The large purple and green rectangle in the centre of the canvas is window-like; a portal into their world. We are outside of this utopia, observing the planet’s activity from another perspective. What we see are five Sorns facing away from us and robed in long garb. They have come out into the moonlight to gaze at certain shapes in the night sky. Or are they flying kites? Their simple and guileless demeanor makes either activity likely. Whatever occupies them, they are at peace with all that is around them. Instead of observing this in a different venue, may we all find such tranquility in our world.