Question of Time...
as the future in the art world is, art is rapidly evolving, being
"forgiven" and/or accepted as virtually anything that
viewers, art critics and artists themselves strive to apprehend.
Artists in all fields are referring back to History for ideas, colors,
and compositions to get some sort of inspiration.
My name is Rosemary
Lucy Cosentino, and I am a contemporary figurative painter. My inspirations
derive partially from History- with all the great works from the
Masters such as Rembrandt, Ingres, Bouguereaux, and Gentileschi,
and references from the Holy Bible. The parables that were told
to me throughout my childhood had a different meaning then, than
they do now. These ancient writings have underlying meanings which
unfold truths that still apply to today's society. The morals, teachings,
and results of these parables are still present today in everyday
life situations. They have affected me greatly in my own personal
In my most recent
body of works, I am trying to portray the closest people in my life,
as I see them, as I know them, as they dream themselves of being.
This way, I feel, I can immortalize the likeness of that person,
not only in physicality but their soul and "atmospheric presence".
What I mean by "atmospheric presence" is the feelings,
memories constructed or built up in the environment I am placing
the figures in- that makes it all a part of the person, although
they are not physically present. So basically it is an illusional
environment constructed by me from all of the above. My portrait
work deals with employing metaphorical elements that tell the viewer
more about the person in the paintings.
My second and
first ongoing theme in my artwork, came to me as a quest to explore
and resolve issues about myself, I could not understand. With this
came my double self-portrait series. I decided to integrate the
parables from the Holy Bible because they were and still are a part
of myself(selves). I decided that I definitively wanted my figures
and environments to be timeless, so they could not be associated
with a specific time frame. The two figures show different facets
of myself, form an ironic contrast sometimes implying tension and
inner struggle. Moving onto new grounds, I decided to keep the theme
of double portraits, using parables from the Holy Bible, and reversing
the powerful roles of men in History, to women. I decided that since
men had such an impact in Catholic History- I wanted to visualize
the reverse, without any offense to the Catholic religion itself.
In this ongoing theme, I helped resolve some issues with my persona,
by visually putting what I could not understand about myself down
onto canvas. As a result, I am creating a silent narrative, which
only an avid viewer can decipher for him or herself.
To further my
originality in my artworks, I work with vibrant pigments using self-taught,
heavily researched old Master techniques and formulas to create
my very own style and color palette. The most evident substance
of my work are the figures and their environments, therefore scale
and composition are crucial in the thought process and primary sketch
works. I feel that being able to relate to my work not just in the
physicality but also in the mental and spiritual aspect, is a small
step towards finding myself always throughout my work. In this way,
I feel that my work is unique and personalized. I believe that my
choices of colors, rendition of style, scale, composition and so
forth are all carefully thought out to fit and suit the subject
matter. My tendency to be spontaneous about changes in the process,
adds to the uniqueness and results of the work.
I do not establish
standards on my works, the viewers are free to come up with their
own interpretations. We are a retrograding society. We always have
the "habit" to look behind and never ahead. Science and
technology may be the only fields preoccupied for what should come
out for the benefit of man for the future, (although that sometimes
this is not the case). I as an artist, am hoping to preserve the
past in the present and in the future, by keeping the world of art
alive...by further exploring and developing a mature body of works.
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