Return to the Muse - Patricia Beary Photography

Return to the Muse

Alex Ferrone Gallery, Cutchogue, NY , August 2017

As an art student, life drawing was the foundation for the exploration of form, space, value and gesture. Working in charcoal or conti-crayon, I captured the subtlety and grace of the human form in chiaroscuro. The delicacy of the figure was defined by light and shadow rather than crisp outline. In Return to the Muse I revisit those classical roots. The medium has changed but the intent is the same. The motion of the figure obscures the edges. The interplay of figure and ground invites ambiguity. The monotone hue is a deliberate choice encouraging the viewer to transcend detail and instead consider the fluidity of the human form.

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