EARTH IN BEAUTY DRESSED
new paintings by Pat Silbert
and New Work by
Gallery Artists November 6 - December 1, 2012
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 6PM
Reception: Friday, November 9, 6-9PM
Artist: Saturday afternoons, 3–4:30 pm
In this arresting new series, Pat Silbert portrays some very old trees in the Irish landscape just as they begin to leaf out…radiating energy. She surrounds them
with ancient Buddhist symbology in iconographic compositions.
Inspired by her travels in 2011 to the Irish countryside and to Buddhist caves in the Gobi Desert, Silbert was deeply moved by the beauty and sacred aspects she
encountered. These elegant paintings illustrate a cri de coeur for our civilization to hold the natural world in greater esteem and to value and save
the world’s forests and trees. Buddhist philosophy and symbols seem for the artist to facilitate a perspective from the past to the future, intensifying our
connection to the present moment.
The paintings are acrylic, layered extensively, some with handmade paper collaged to the canvas. The wrap-around
canvas gives them an added three dimensional element as the sides are painted in detail with gold leaf highlighting ancient designs reminiscent of Tibetan tankas.
This is Silbert’s second solo show at the gallery. She has
exhibited widely in the Washington area and New England and shows regularly at The Waverly Street Gallery.