Art / Gail Buono
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The three pieces of mine chosen for this issue represent an intriguing juxtaposition: each reveals a varying stage of development, so to speak, from ethereal (“Oracle I”) to dimensional (“The Oracle Observes”) to symbolic (“Portal to Steam Pool”). These works on paper are made by different processes, from monotype with collage element, to collage elements individually monoprinted and assembled, to a digital overlay of images.
I came upon the sphinx image during my wanderings on the grounds of Versailles. It was one of four sphinx sculptures (each with a unique face) adorning a portico, surrounding what I refer to as a “tryst” place (i.e. a hexagonal, one room, enclosed structure, entered through multiple French doors). I was immediately drawn to the sweetness of this sphinx’s face, and considered her to be a perfect representation for my contemplative Oracle. I’ve placed her inside this architectural structure, as I have imagined a shrine at Delphi would be.
In “Oracle I,” utilizing the monotype process, the element of chance and mystery play a large role in the outcome, as it does in the Sphinx’s nature and interaction. In “The Oracle Observes,” photographic and abstract elements encircle the Oracle in her decision-making process. Finally, in “Portal to Steam Pool,” the Oracle is represented by the 12-pointed star.
I have combined photography and abstraction in my printmaking and collage work for many years. More recently, the digital prints weave an abstract relationship between my landscape photographs and imagery from my paintings, depicting dual realities inhabiting the same space/time continuum. They create a sense of being portals that open to new metaphysical worlds.
Gail Buono received a BFA in Painting from The School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is the recipient of two painting fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, as well as a “Distinguished Artist Award.” Her work has been exhibited/collected throughout the U.S. and in Europe. She has lived/worked in Santa Fe, NM since mid-2006. To see more of her work, please visit her website: www.gailbuono.com.