What I’m working on now – puzzling out how to convey warm::silence…

Margaret Withers -in progress

I’ve been working on how to communicate the idea of warm::silence in a four-part fold out series.
For warm I’ve decided to go with greens and browns because I wanted something that was verdant and lush and something that has a visceral association or memory of warm for me. I’ve also tried greys/greens which seem to work as well  (think rocks/moss).

The silence has caused me great consternation. I’ve decided to not go with the idea of -silence as the absence of sound- but instead I’ve been working on -silence as internal stillness.
I’ve also thought about exploring the idea of silence as terror – the scream that has no sound – which is a recurring anxiety dream for me – I try to scream but I can’t make a sound… which loops  back to the idea of silence as mental stillness which I can get when you I do a modified meditation so hum or I count my breaths.
Either way – this idea is still in progress.
I’m not sure the mouths work (in other iterations I use houses) but they were certainly fun to make.

Margaret Withers in progress




About Margaret Withers

Margaret Withers’ has shown her artwork in group and solo shows in New York City and nationwide, and internationally in Brussels, Australia, Berlin, China, Vienna and Russia. She has also exhibited at The Drawing Center in New York City, Monmouth Museum in New Jersey, MarinMOCA in California and Attleboro Museum in Massachusetts. Her art and art mashups have been featured in multiple journals including the New England Review, Alexandria Quarterly and the Library as Incubator Project. Her paintings range from the abstract to surreal, to expressionism and landscapes, to investigations of the culture and ideas surrounding ‘home’, communication, machinery, monsters and translation. Her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections, including Truninger AG in Zurich, Switzerland. She is represented by Arcilesi | Homberg Gallery in New York City, William Baczek Fine Art in Northampton, MA and C Emerson Fine Art in Tampa Florida. She lives and paints in Manhattan, New York.
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