Cecelia Rembert–The Longest Night

November 20, 2011

I make paintings, usually medium to large, with oil paint, and occasional other materials. Over time, I have developed a personal visual language that I use to communicate and to evoke. My paintings occupy the role of vessel for ideas and emotions: akin to keeping a diary. They are memorials to events and losses, they are markers of what I have thought and dreamed of.

The idea of a personal language is dear to me and informs my evolution and direction as a painter. I am also interested in the idea of a memorial, or a physical space that serves as a marker or vessel for emotions often nuanced and complex. The idea of the stand-in or placeholder is relevant to my use of painting as a surrogate for my own complex emotions.

I seek in my work to occupy the grey area between “representation” and “abstraction”– or rather, to carve out a place that is neither. I am interested in making paintings that do not illustrate ideas but rather embody them, an idea I describe as “being-ness.”

My future goals are simply to continue.

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