Your Ah Haa Moment: New work by Meredith Nemirov

Your Ah Haa Moment: New work by Meredith Nemirov

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A show of new work by artist Meredith Nemirov opens October 1 at Telluride’s Ah Haa School for the Arts.

“Leaps and Turns” is a departure for the artist, known for her impressionistic, representational paintings drawn from nature. These works on paper, completed over the last two years, are abstractions. But earlier paintings explain later ones.
The model for the relationship between the new and the old work is jazz: improvisation off a melody line.

The melody in Nemirov’s case: forests of aspens, the Rocky Mountains, and other forms that inhabit the landscape. The improv, her abstractions are at one cool remove from the thing itself. They are attempts to capture and reflect the sound of those surrounds, a stirring in the air and the subtle shift in perspective that results, and the memories derived from all those stimuli.

Ultimately, each of the magical new images tacked up on the walls of the Daniel Tucker Gallery are portraits of the artist, a view into her soul: Nemirov is that butterfly precariously tethered to the paper.

One of Nemirov’s influences is Paul Klee who gets the last word:

“In a forest, I have felt many times over that it was not I who looked at the forest. Some days I felt that the trees were looking at me, were speaking to me… I was there, listening…I think that the painter must be penetrated by the universe and not want to penetrate it…I expect to be inwardly submerged, buried. Perhaps I paint to break out.”

For more about the artist and her work, click the “play” button and listen to Nemirov’s podcast.

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