February 2011: Diane Kingzett & Anne Goodrich

Anne Goodrich’s ceramic work gives flesh and form to organic life and shapes. The cone is her starting point, or "blank page." Each piece begins with this simple, direct, geometric form. However, the final incarnation of each is guided by all that is alive. Images of living things influence how Anne bends, stretches, coaxes, and presents the clay. “I'm particularly fascinated by ordinary things that are simply out of reach or beyond my immediate gaze. I ponder the organs inside my own body, curious forms swimming deep within the ocean, and microscopic bursts of pollen living in the air. My perception of such images seeps into my artwork—it is relayed through the ambiguity of my forms,” says Anne. Her works are not singularly one thing or the other, not solely animal, nor vegetable—but many things at once. “I perceive forms to be elusive. With perfect timing, a pear has reached its ideal sweetness and texture. Patience and opportunity must be balanced. It is difficult to know when a moment is perfectly ripe. As I make both personal and artistic decisions, I am keenly aware of the window of ripening.”

Diane Kingzett paints in oil, charcoal and pencil on canvases of vibrancy and depth. She paint intuitively, beginning with a focus on a specific palette and working through each canvas until its place and story become apparent. Some pieces may have numerous paintings underneath, adding to the energy. To quote Diane, “There is a vibration, a pull in each landscape. Energy from people, animals, structures and spirits which have passed through or occupied each space remains and emanates long after the physical landscape has changed and reclaimed its turf. Each landscape beckons us to add to its energy, while we objectify it, name it and impose our own experience upon it. It fascinates me that one image of place can be for me a prairie in South Dakota while it may evoke say, a field in Germany for another viewer.”