ARTisSpectrum Vol.30, November 2013 - page 26-27

ARTisSpectrum | Volume 30 |
ARTisSpectrum | Volume 30 |
Vanida Amiot
hose who believe abstract art cannot convey emotion or a story have never seen the work of
Vanida Amiot
, whose
acrylic paintings arrest the viewer with bold brush strokes and colors.
Born in India and adopted by a French family, Amiot studied Greek literature in college, and her work is infused with the
same sense of mythology, reflecting a universal human experience. Perhaps this accounts for the sense of representation
in her paintings, even though Amiot doesn’t paint objects or landscapes. Instead, she takes inspiration from the paint,
allowing it to guide her technique in capturing her emotions and thoughts. As Amiot says, “I am a non-sense, a shadow
facing a shadow.” Like the philosopher in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Amiot hunts for knowledge beyond visual perception,
searching for that which can only be known through dreams and ideas, as an antidote for humanity’s vain struggle to learn
about and understand the world through only words and observation. “I run after time, a dream, colors and scents that
only the other perceives,” she says. She transposes what she discovers onto the canvas though expressionistic brushstrokes
and emotive color.
Although Amiot’s paintings are abstract and her technique
expressive, it would be a mistake to label her as simply an
abstract expressionist. Her style combines surrealism’s focus
on dreams and the unconscious, fauvism’s love of vivid
color, cubism’s abstraction and even pop art’s accessibility
in her search for revelatory creation. “I belong to all these
movements and I don’t belong to them, because they
are human creations,” she says. Instead of following a
specific movement, Amiot uses all the artistic techniques
at her disposal to convey the forms that lie at the heart of
knowledge, creating work that’s engaging and viscerally
Histoire Oceane Acrylic on Canvas 20” x 24”
Vanida in her Studio
L’Ombre De La Verite Acrylic on Canvas 20” x 24”
ricia Kaman
’s exquisitely contemplative portraits
demand attention not with a shout, but with a whisper.
Working in oil and pastel on a variety of surfaces, Kaman
coaxes entire inner worlds out of her models. Her subjects
are women, in various states of dress but all caught in the
same kind of reverie. Kaman’s skill is in taking apart the
everyday moment of repose and conveying what is tense,
mysterious, and above all highly personal about it. Each
woman portrayed speaks volumes with just a slight tilt of
the head, a glint in the eye, a curve in the back: an entire
narrative plays out across the canvas even though the
subject is simply sitting passively.
Kaman’s feel for the atmospheric is a vital element in the
creation of these stories. Some women are bathed in warm
light, while others sit under a diffused, soft glow, so expertly
captured that the viewer can feel how still the air in the room
is. Subtle shifts in skin tone are depicted with the utmost
sensitivity; Kaman’s palette knows no limits. Naturalistic
backgrounds provide quiet contrasts without giving away
anything specific.
Kaman has lived in Ohio her entire life and has seen her
work exhibited across the United States.
Tracy’s Space Oil on Canvas 36” x 36”
Tricia Kaman
nfluenced by the work of Picasso, Joan Miro, Willem de Kooning
and Jackson Pollack, artist
Wendy Cohen
’s multimedia pieces are
symphonies of color and texture, vibrating with the joy and energy
that suffuses the artist as well as her work.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, and currently living in Sydney,
Australia, Cohen considers herself a citizen of the world and strives
to portray the freedom, kindness, tolerance, and positivity she’s
encountered on her travels in her work. “My paintings are an authentic
journey of all that is fantastical and adventurous and inspires the
viewer to break out from the mundane and predictable,” she says.
Cohen is constantly experimenting with materials and techniques.
Her pieces are thickly-textured, multi-layered and brightly-colored,
capturing the imagination of the viewer and tempting people to
explore the images further through touch as well as vision. With a
style that combines surrealism with primitivism and naive art, Cohen
has embarked on an exploration of the face. This recurring motif in
her work serves as a symbol for the universal human condition and
the illusions that can separate us from one another. Above all, Cohen
wants her work to convey the message that, “Life is not that serious
— so enjoy.”
Melting Pots Mixed Media on Canvas 40” x 30”
Wendy Cohen
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