JUDY O'TOOLE - FREEL
My paintings portray geometric forms as divisions of plane using dots, space, line, shape, color and form. Telling stories conveying experiences often through the use of tangrams (7 piece Chinese puzzles cut from a single square) challenge me to solve problems through the imaginative process. Many pieces express my alliance and love for horses.
Poetry, my first connection with the creative process, is combined with paintings to verbally express visual messages. In contrast, the poetry I write generally speaks to the more serious side of my expression. The blending between poetry and painting sets the stage for my whimsical paintings and my poetic cerebral sides to join on common ground to pursue an understanding of and interpretation of my search for "truth". Both painting and poetry in their conjugal relationship, provide the setting for me to ponder, rethink, challenge, evaluate and hopefully smile upon the path I have walked in my quest to begin to comprehend personal truths. Visuals are a relief from the rigors of written investigations on this journey.
After completing a painting and poetry unit, I often extend my work to include installations, walls as my canvas and practical pieces such as chairs and tables carrying the message of the painting and poem to the finish of the furniture canvas - thus producing a creative ensemble.
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