Christine Lafuente| Light, Solid as Stone
December 3 - 31, 2016 | Reception: Saturday, December 3, 6 - 8 pm
LIGHT, SOLID as STONE
Often while painting, the forms and spaces I am looking at begin to merge, and all that had seemed so distinctly separate becomes simply a field of tone. There is air in the trees, there is water in the air, edges are lost, near and far coalesce. Glass reveals itself by what it is not, reflecting and refracting what surrounds it. In a seascape, the tones of water and sky are only known in relation to one another.
Painting by natural light, there is fragility to the appearance of a scene. For a brief moment, I can see a painting composition so clearly, the light as solid as stones- but like a kaleidoscope, the slightest movement and the whole thing shifts. Even in the cityscape, the sprawling steel, brick, and concrete arrangements of human striving lose their solidity and discreetness in a bath of warm afternoon light. It becomes something else, a musical score of gold and pink notes rising from the grey soup, or the tide coming in to disguise and submerge an expanse of sharp granite Acadian rocks.