“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” Henry David Thoreau
It seems I often begin my blogs with a comment about the weather, but in this case, coming out of the pouring rain this past Tuesday and entering the gallery filled with the repeated glowing blue of Luanne Witkowski’s current show is apt. Witkowski has positioned a quote from Thoreau at the gallery desk and it resounds throughout the work. In her mixed media pieces here, she embraces this ideal and expresses her deep love and identification with the landscape, specifically the strong connections she feels with Cape Cod, Maine and Nova Scotia. Luanne derives her imagery from a specific locale, but she strives for something more universal; the paintings are an abstraction of that place. She absorbs the place and brings it into the work. She is interested in a perceptual and spiritual relationship with the environment; she seeks solace and aims to echo that in each one of the collages. As one scans the gallery, the works evoke the essence of a particular place, not its depiction. They rhyme with each other, the passages of blue resound throughout the space of the gallery. Clearly, Luanne has spent much time in these places. By using a variety of media including an unmediated photographic element, she invites us to dream with her and to find our own solace.
Image: Luanne E Witkowski, Swept. Mixed media on paper, 15 x 11 inches, 2013.