A Place at the Table 24x12 oil by Shirley Fachilla
We like to think our work speaks for itself. However, artist statements can be quite important. Did Vermeer really mean for his Milkmaid to be seen as sexy, even promiscuous? And what the heck is the meaning of Botticelli's iconic and beautiful Birth of Venus? Neither Vermeer nor Botticelli explained so we'll never know for sure.
I had to write an artist statement for my painting A Place at the Table, because it was required for the Green Show, but I'm glad that it was because I truly needed to explain myself and it.
So here it is:
The plate, the pond,
The glass, the tree,
the field, the patch of sunlight beneath the chair...
these objects in my painting echo one another in shape and sometimes color. They are meant to draw a connection between our world and the world outside us. They are meant to suggest that we should make a place at our table, in our everyday environment, for the natural world that surrounds us. If we do, perhaps Nature and the world will keep a place at its table for us as well.The Green Show, Artist Reception, March 6, 3-5 pm, Harpeth Hall, Marnie Sheridan Gallery, 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville, Tennessee.