AFRICAN CODE: A SECRET LANGUAGE
African-inspired paintings by Roslyn Fassett
February 2 – 28, 2015 Newburgh Free Library MAIN Library (LOBBY)
ARTIST STATEMENT: As a young girl studying life drawing at the Brooklyn Museum, I walked passed cases of African figure sculptures. These images were dark and close together, and this vision has stayed with me as it reappears in my paintings. Later in life, while traveling in Mali and Nigeria, the patterns I saw sparked my interest in hand-printed fabrics and the symbols they contained. The images in my work are based on the world I live in, a response internal and personal which becomes the basic significance and structure in my paintings. I see simplicity, dimension and vitality of life when drawing the human figure. An important aspect in my paintings is the human gesture which reflects beliefs, yearnings and prayers.
Exhibit Space A spacious gallery space in the lobby of the Newburgh Free Library is the site of monthly exhibits and art shows by local artists. Many of the artists offer receptions to showcase their art and meet the public. In addition, glass cases showcase local collections and displays related to library and literary-related events. Exhibit Policy The Newburgh Free Library welcomes exhibits by Hudson Valley artists. The exhibits are hung by the artists themselves and are usually on display for one month. For more information, please see the Exhibit and Display Registration Form and Waiver as well as the Exhibit Spaces and Bulletin Boards Policy. If you are interested in exhibiting, please call the library, 845-563-3619 or 563-3645. Samples of work are required before an exhibit can be scheduled. Displays In addition, the library has a number of display cases that showcase special collections or materials loaned by local artists and individuals. If you have a special collection or small project you would like to display, please call 845-563-3619 or 563-3645.