j.e. paterak used her studio time at Rolling Acres Farm to begin a new collection of works on paper which highlight the unique beauty and morphology of plants specific to this region’s native flora, what she calls the “intimate universe”.
“Whether I think of myself as a painter, maker, mini-urban farmer or simply a citizen of “planet earth,” I strongly feel that removing ourselves from our daily existence is critical. It allows for breathing room to reflect on the ways we live and make normally. Residing at Fiore was that gift of reflection. Like the lake itself, with its technicolor ability to reflect back a rippled reality, being once removed and parallel to our otherwise daily lives enables a lens which can only be activated when surrounded by this kind of calm, quiet beauty and the spaciousness of time. During the month I re-connected parts of my whole, enabling work to be made with stronger conviction. Once I peeled back the self consciousness of beginning again, I was able to make connections that had otherwise been obscured by the static of racing thoughts and doubts. Having dipped my toe in this time and place will allow me to continue with work reflecting the urgency of our connectedness to the land upon which we tread and find sustenance.”
“I like walking because it is slow, and I suspect that the mind, like the feet, works at about three miles an hour. If this is so, then modern life is moving faster than the speed of thought or thoughtfulness.” Rebecca Solnit
Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts