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Sylvia R. Greenfield


Sylvia R. Greenfield

Art pictured: Sylvia R. Greenfield, Ceasely Into the Past, painting mosaic, aqua media on paper, 38 3/4"x 30 1/2"

Sylvia R. Greenfield earned her M.F.A. at University of Colorado, 1967. She was an Emeritus Professor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Illinois in the School of Art and Design at her passing in July 2019 at eighty-nine.

Artist’s Statement
When I was in graduate school I had to write a statement about my work.  The duality then was expressed by the words “macrocosm” and “microcosm.”  Today, those words still apply, but I would also add the duality of “randomness” and “structure.”  The fluidity of water-based media allows the building of layer upon layer of transparent and opaque paint in a somewhat chaotic manner.  The grid, as neutral a structure as I can find, allows me to organize the images I find in the paint.

“What I would like to emphasize now is what I hope the viewer finds:
         a place of rest in a chaotic world
         an arrest of one’s viewing to look further at some           
              small piece
         a recognition that we have both been in the same   
              place  at some time.”

(From interviews shortly preceding her death)
What influences my work:
textiles, from Central American to African to contemporary cloth
my love for the environment
taking time just to look


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