January:  Richard Earl
February:  Ann Marie Fitzsimmons
March:  Elissa Swanger
April:  Daniel Genova
May:  Al Vesselli
June:  Linda Aldrich
July:  Adel Khalaf
August:  Eva Marie Fitzsimmon
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September:  Sarah Bass Aspe
October:  Francesca Azzara
November:  Kelly Schott
December:  Sheilagh Casey
MARCH - ELISSA SWANGER


Artist Statement

Making art is an intensely personal endeavor, one that typically requires hours of isolated concentration.  At the same time, we work with an ongoing awareness of a potential or future audience.  Privacy and performance are linked in a studio practice.

My current body of work depicts women on stage to reflect and explore my interest in this intersection between internal personal engrossment and external self-conscious display.  The two dimensions of canvas and paper mimic the shallow depth of the stage, but like the stage can be expanded though an infinite variety of effects.  Using the stage as a setting calls attention to the artifice and construction of painting and creates a sort of visual pun.  Furthermore, I am able to literally draw my audience (in).  

The people in my paintings are women not because they are surrogates for me, a female painter, but because I believe that being female we are generally on display in a manner different from men, and are in fact constantly navigating this border between self-possession and self-consciousness.

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elissa

cancanCan-Can
Gouache on Paper
24” x 18”, 2015
likeanegLike an Egyptian
Oil on Canvas
8” x 8”, 2015
nudeYellow Nude
Oil on Panel
24” x 19”, 2015
curlyCurly
Gouache and Etching Ink on Paper
4 7/8” x 4 ¼”, 2014

bowLine Bow
Oil on Acrylic Primed Matt Board
5 1/8” x 5”, 2014

gauzyGauzy
Gouache on Paper
6” x 4”, 2014

dipDip Dance
Gouache and Etching Ink on Paper
7” x 7”, 2015

oilLittle (oil)
Oil on Canvas
6” x 8”, 2014


reach
Yellow Reach
Gouache and Etching Ink on Paper
11” x 9”, 2015
pantiesRed Panties
Oil on Matt Board
9” x 3 7/8”, 2014
wingsWings
Gouache and Water color on Paper
7” x 5”, 2014
sweepYellow Sweep
Oil on Acrylic Primed Matt Board
9 ¼” x 7”, 2015