I work between the boundaries of representation and abstraction. As I starting point, I use architecture with the surrounding landscape. I alter and adjust everything I see to recreate a new image.
Everywhere I go, close to home or further afield, I find potential subjects for my paintings. Inspired by the interaction of residential architecture with nature, I record these interactions; to make these observations stay put in paintings when they are ephemeral in life. The narrow spaces in-between domestic residencies provide varied displays of shape and color that change from time of day and season to season. From my car I make observational drawings and in my studio combine the drawing with changes of color, light and perspective altering the known with the imagined. New forms develop that lead to that moment when there is a tension between the hard silhouette of a garage and the graceful lines of a tree. My studio challenge is to orchestrate all the components so they hold that tension. By working between boundaries of representation and abstraction, meaning is created by my choices to balance all the elements. In return, the paintings transform my daily world into one suspended in mystery and surprise.
Celia Reisman lives and works in Merion, Pennsylvania and Strafford, Vermont. She is
represented in Philadelphia by Gross McCleaf Gallery and Paul Thiebaud Gallery in San
Francisco. She received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from Yale
University. She has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions and group shows through out the
United States. The American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition awarded
her a Purchase Prize and she was given a Survey Exhibition at the Michener Museum in
Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She has been a Visiting Critic and taught at numerous Art
Departments in the Northeast.