ARTisSpectrum | Volume 29 |
r. Caroline Josephs
creates universes within
her work by mixing sacred symbolism, ancient
tradition, and jolting contemporary iconography.
Josephs’ artistic work grew out of her doctoral
studies in oral storytelling – especially of the
Indigenous Australian people of Australia (as well
as Zen, Judaic, and Inuit  storytelling traditions), all
of which have touched her life in various ways.
Seized with the idea that a shared history is passed
on via images and narrative, Josephs seeks to
shed light on the modern experience with her
highly energized, emblem-laden paintings. She
unites disparate elements with improbable ease -
almost as if by the magic of the sacred – under
one narrative. In managing to tell a story in an instant with only images, Josephs realizes in solid form the crucial visual
component of storytelling and enters the tradition herself. Her latest work focuses on her own cultural collision with New
York City, focusing on deeply-felt city images as she approaches her artist-in-residency in Manhattan in May 2013. Some
of the images are world-renowned icons, including the Statue of Liberty, and others are part of the everyday, including a
recurring image of the map of the island of Manhattan.
Josephs was born in Sydney, and continues to draw her art from the ancient sense of Country – of Australian Aborigines –
meeting her own ancestral migrant sensibility.
The Artist Leaps into New York Acrylic on Canvas 46” x 76”
Caroline Josephs PhD
pril Rimpo
paints with watercolors and fluid
acrylics to create elegant, lyrical compositions
full of color and vigor. Using the capricious nature
of watercolor to her advantage, her work has a
freshness and vibrancy that is arresting, reminiscent
of the Impressionists in the quality of light and the
looseness with which she renders her subjects.
“Color and texture are critical design elements I
use to catch the viewer’s eye,” she explains. “I use
non-traditional textural approaches to enhance
interest.  In my current work my goal is to portray
a moment-in-time that allows the viewer to define
their own story.”
This openness to her medium does not mean that
the artist fails to plan, however. Rimpo has a vision for her work, and she has a specific affect in mind – she wants to achieve
the same richness of color that she experienced when she used oils, and she succeeds in this challenging goal. Her work
pulses with lush color, and the natural transparency and unpredictability of water media lends interest to her work.
April Rimpo was born in Massachusetts, and she currently lives in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. Her work has been
featured in numerous exhibitions, and she has also been the recipient of many awards.
Street Car Watercolor on Paper 14” x 22”
April Rimpo
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