In this body of work, painted in 2018, I am further exploring breaking up space and splintering the figure, sometimes starting with the abstract background, and finding a figure within it. You can see this in “Private Lives” and “Morning Coffee.” During this time, I was transitioning and reassessing in my own life, mining my emotions, looking for guidance within the shifting marks and colors of paint.
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Sandra Speidel begins with an infallible grasp of the complexity and beauty of human anatomy, sometimes evidenced directly with a recognizable figure such as a swimmer, a man traveling through an airport, or a dancer, and other times with the fleeting capture of a poised head, a curved arm or hands in motion. She expands with colors which demand reaction to a mood or mindset, sometimes wondrous light evoking ethereal dreams, other times darker palettes hinting at doubt, somber reflection or simply momentary indecision. Nothing in her work is static nor easily categorized, though she obviously employs the painter’s tools of contrast, balance and form in what can be loosely termed figurative art. She does not simply paint but rather captures the impermanence of life fully lived and constantly evolving.
Diane Weddington has been an art critic for newspapers in the Bay Area for 30 years. She presently writes commentaries for Medium.