Art is Our Voice

Art is Our Voice
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. -Pablo Picasso

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Rosemarie Koczÿ: Art As Witness

I've been studying the work of three artists lately- Rosemarie Koczÿ, Ade Bethune, and Rita Corbin. So, for this post I wanted to share the Koczÿ's work. All three female artists were very powerful women that used art as their voice to call attention to social causes with the hope of effecting change as well as giving voice to the suffering of others.

Rosemarie Koczÿ

Rosemarie Koczÿ was born in 1939 near Recklinghausen, Germany. Her family was deported in 1942 to a camp at Traunstein, near Dachau, and later to Ottenhausen near Saarbrücken until 1945. After the war, she lived with her grandparents until death of her grandmother, when she was sent to an orphanage where she was required to work fifteen hours a day. Her mother, from whom she had been taken, died in the early 1950s and Koczÿ became extremely ill and for a period of three years barely spoke at all. At the age of 20, she finally left the orphanage, and was able to return to her grandfather. It was on his advice and with his support that she left for Geneva, Switzerland where she worked as a domestic servant.
During her teenage years, Koczÿ had found an interest in drawing and aspired to be an artist. She began to concentrate on art, drawing portraits and copying El Greco from library books. At the age of 22 she enrolled at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs where she studied a variety of mediums, including tapestry weaving. The emphasis in her work shifted to drawings in 1975, as she explains, “I no longer felt able to speak of the camps, and although faces from the camps appeared in my tapestries I couldn’t render in textile the intensity of this need; so I decided to take up ink and draw.” (1)
The intensity and anguish in Koczÿ’s work comes directly from her personal experience. She says, “I can only bear witness to my own life. I think of those that were buried like beasts. I mourn those who had the right to be preserved in memory and who have never been mourned, never been buried with dignity. With my works I am returning to them that memory and that dignity. That’s why I write on the back of my drawings: ‘Je vous tisse un linceau’ (I am weaving you a shroud). I draw it in order that such a tragedy might never recur!” (2)
In 1985, Koczÿ’s work was chosen by Jean Dubuffet to represent the inaugural exhibition of the Neuve Invention portion of the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland. This acknowledgement of her work and inclusion in the canon of outsider art does not diminish her focus, as she states, “ I don’t pretend to be an artist. I work every day like a labourer on that collective memory. I am just someone who renders justice.” (3)

It is the wish of Ms. Koczÿ that her work always be displayed with the following statements and documents.

I weave you a shroud.
Ich webe euch ein Leichentuch.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Exclusive Preview of Neighbors Helping Neighbors!

Here is a quick promo about ArtLifting on CBS Hidden Heroes. If you watch closely you'll catch a glimpse of featured McAuley House artist, Linda King. The original episode was published on Apr 3, 2017

Art news...

Congratulations to Linda King on her fantastic art opening at AS220 this past Saturday ! The show consists of three very accomplished artists. The exhibit is up until the end of May at AS220 Project Space @ 93 Mathewson St., Providence, RI

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

AS220 - New Gallery show opening May 6th, 2017

IN THE GALLERIES | MAY 6-27th, 2017
opening reception | Saturday May 6th, 5-7 p.m.
Open Window
On point/In motionLinda King
Congratulations Linda ! 

In the studio with Anthony Taylor

 Welcome to Anthony's World !
His studio rocks with positive energy and original paintings that greet the visitor the moment he opens his door. 
See more of Anthony's work at our art show- June 22nd, 5-7pm

Crafting and Painting in the afternoon...

Making Easter gifts ! 

There are so many creative guests at McAuley House. 
Thank you for sharing your art with us. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Marching On....

As March comes to an end it seems like we are still waiting for a sign of Spring to miraculously appear. I think this painting sings the joy we are waiting for.

St Francis of Assisi

What's not to love about St Francis ?  Saint Francis of Assisi was the founder of the Franciscan family, Patron Saint of Ecology, inspiration to thousands, and claimed by people of all faiths. 
Thank you so much Anthony for sharing your painting with us !

Russell puts the final touches on his latest drawing. Beautiful use of color !

Russell takes a break while Linda works on. This painting is about motion- hands, feet, bodies are grouped together to show how amazing humans are designed. Thanks Linda.. I know this is a work in progress.

Love the Chinese dragon- very powerful. Also, the Miro inspired painting with a contemporary twist is really great !

Anthony totally owning this one !  I could study this painting for hours...
Thank you to all artist for sharing your work. You inspire us every week to reach for the stars !
In the spirit of Anthony and St Francis-Here's a quote I know you already know-

Monday, March 20, 2017

New art... Brian Brodeur's latest collection


Beautiful paintings by our friend, Brian. Thank you to Sue, Brian's mother, for sharing Brian's art with us.