NEW WORKS ON DISPLAY IN A GROUP SHOW TO BENEFIT THE GREAT BARRINGTON RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL AT THE GOOD PURPOSE GALLERY IN LEE, MASSACHUSETTS.
OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY, MARCH 15th 5-7pm.
“In my paintings I am exploring different ways to visually describe skin, the edge, the line that defines the figure from the ground. I am thinking a lot lately about the Buddhist idea that seeing ourselves as separate from others and our environment is the source of all human-caused suffering. When we see beyond that separateness, we can begin to feel empathy for others and to care for our environment, and from there healing can begin to take place. The air we breathe, the food we eat, the ideas we take on, all affect our state of being and make us who we are. What happens to our environment and to others directly affects ourselves. We are permeable. Really there are no lines in nature. The lines between me and my environment and me and you are just an idea.”
-Christine Casarsa, 2014
After over a decade of doing mostly abstract paintings in the lineage of the Abstract Expressionists, CHRISTINE CASARSA is creating a body of work that incorporates the human figure. She plays with the image of the figure melting into the background and slowly emerging from it while at the same time both images exist essentially in the same plane. Critics have described Christine’s work as “wonderfully radiant..combining the figurative expression with the freedom of abstraction.”