Shari Weschler Rubeck
My muses are life’s experiences, human psyche, curiosities of animal nature, elements of theatre, dance, backstage goings-on and fantasy mixed with a bit of humor for good measure. My imagery is generally figurative in nature with occasional outbursts of abstract or street art explorations.
Remarkable Women was inspired by the strength of women during the age of Tudor and how they related to modern day women and motherhood. In Odd Women, figures are leaning, almost falling. Missing limbs and strange gazes convey an uncertainty correlating with my diagnosis of MS in 2008. ‘In’ was a series of six paintings that questioned where I stood and might be heading.
In 2011, the Bunni became my story teller and continues to do so. He or She is in a mood, communicating a specific experience. They are metaphorical messengers who relate to us easily. They beg for us to look at ourselves and perhaps find humor in the serious.
In 2009, a past fascination with The Ego unexpectedly resurfaced. A large head filled the canvas as Ego#1 materialized. Using a favored mono-print method of covering a space with solid color and wiping away the figure, large heads continued to emerge throughout 2010. As with many of the Egos, the initial layer of these paintings is immediate. I return with levels of detail. Whether through photographic transfer, airbrush or simply more paint, the spirit of the ‘individual’ clearly conveys its destined evolution early on. A captured expression is quick, the moment is frozen in time, but the voice is lasting.
After completing Ego#4 a small lull occurred but by mid 2011 another Ego unexpectedly pushed forth. A large rabbit head, partially covering a face, seemed to have more to say about perhaps another aspect of the personality or ego. Hence, the Alter Ego was born.
Within my portfolio you will find a new body of work titled ‘New Beginning’. It deals with the future direction of ‘Us’; how we communicate as human to human, human to machine or human to animal.
Connectivity is strong in a shrinking world. Face is over-rated. Unwavering drive pushes us forward, leaving paths of terabytes in our wake. Chip implants are inserted. Evolution releases the thumb from its hand. Plugged in, a new race is in progress. Some hold onto the organic, while many submit to the machine. Fur, feather, scale, skin, chips and wires; only time will tell what curious new shapes these characters will assume.
The tools I use most for two dimensional expression are paint, graphite, mixed media, such as photo-transfers and airbrush on paper, canvas or board. I tend to eliminate most distractions surrounding the player. Areas of color or lack of color allow the eye to focus on the moment. Each piece stands strong on its own, but they excite each other when exhibited together.
Maryland Institute College of Art, BFA 1992
Major: Painting, Minor: Art History
Salve Regina University – Creative & Expressive Arts Facilitation - 2010
Publications & Awards
RI NEWS - TV Interview - 3 Artists: Rubeck, Alling, Dinge
The Independent Paper RI – August 2012
Artscope – Self, Swell &Scenes - July 2012
Mercury Paper – DeBlois Show – April 2012
Blue Hermitage Award of Excellence – Blue Canvas 2012
Third Place in show – RI Watercolor Society 2012
Artrogueisland.com (online Blog from Writer: Renee Doucette) 2011, 2012
Visual Overture Magazine– Featured Emerging Artist – Fall 2011
Arts New Bedford – AHA Night – Live Interview, New Bedford, MA Aug 2010
RyanClintonBlogspot - 2010
BNN Live Interview, Via Matta – Boston, MA 2010
BNN Televised Interview Boston MA May 2009
The Scientist, March 2002
Baltimore Chronicle Wit & Meditation at the Gomez Louise Sheldon Feb 2001
Baltimore Chronicle Art Review Baltimore MD June 1999
Catonsville Times Interview Baltimore, MD 1996
ArtSpeak Summer Review NY, NY Summer 1995
New Rochelle Art Association Awards: 1st & 3rd cash prize Jurors: W. Lee Savage, Philip Listengart & Maishe Dickman
Full Time Artist
Administrative Manager /Curator- William Raveis Realty - EG, RI - Current
Retail - Smyle Store- EG, RI
Art Instructor, Private & Group Studio Classes, NK Rhode Island 1994-Present
Art Instructor, Artrageous Adventures After School Art Enrichment, FC, SL Elementary - NK, RI 2007-Present
Judge – Washington County Fair – RI
Artist In Residence, St Vincent’s Center for Abused Children, Towson MD
Art Instructor, Private Elementary - Woodlawn MD
Curator – Ellicott Theater, Ellicott City, MD
Children’s Workshops, Columbia MD
Administrative Assistant, Tag Engineering, Baltimore MD
Studio Assistant – Baltimore, MD
Shari Weschler Rubeck