Painter Paige Harkey captures small spaces
Paige Harkey got serious about art during her junior year at Rising Sun High School
“Having art in high school is a big reason why I am an artist today, and without it I would probably not be the artist that I am today. It started as a way to create, and through repetition of drawing and painting I began to understand myself more and process things in my life that had changed me,” Harkey said.
This summer, she is sharing her work through the Cecil County Arts Council and doing paintings and drawings for friends and the public.
What type of art do you create?
I work in painting, drawing and sculpture, but I believe that painting is what I love the most. I don’t usually enjoy painting from photographs, but would rather paint from life because seeing a three-dimensional area and translating it into a two-dimensional work is something that takes a lot of precision, patience and care. Analyzing and rendering real life is much more tangible for me than from a photo.
Who are your artistic inspirations?
One of my favorite contemporary artists is sculptor Janine Antoni. Although we work in different mediums, she is an inspiration of mine because of her physical interaction with her artwork. I long for the same tangibility with my ideas that she has with hers.
What do you enjoy about your work?
I love the process of painting. It takes mapping out, layering a foundation, then building up the structure with appropriate marks, while keeping the en- tire environment of light and color in mind.
What is your favorite piece – any story behind it?
I have two favorite pieces that are the beginning of a series that I’ll be working on for the next year or two.
“Under The Sink” and “A Kind Of Shelf” are two pieces that are about capturing the atmosphere of small spaces, in which I can create a sense of safety. Sitting down, analyzing the details of depth and comprehending the intricate variety of color that the air layers in itself is a meditative process where I can enter the sacred area, giving my mind a place of security.
I’m looking forward to seeing where this series takes me.
Artist Spotlight runs monthly in the Jumpstart section as part of the Cecil County Arts Council news.
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