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Elke Schmölzer Stonefaces presented at Art Expo New York 2019 with the gallery Steiner booth 281

About the Stonefaces..

From childhood on I have loved spending time along the banks of mountain streams and collecting stones – while looking at the stones they suddenly seemed to gaze back at me and I began seeing faces in them. That inspired me to put those stonefaces on paper and canvas and over the years they developed a life of their own, being an indicator of emotions and feelings, expressive and profound.

The stonefaces that are presented here in NYC, for example, relate to the terrible event of 9/11 – I painted them in 2011 for an exhibition that took place in NYC in 2012. As during the painting process 9/11 was always on my mind the faces came out looking extremely shocked and horrified that I could not stand leaving them like that, so I had to brush over them again with soft and smooth strokes of a light color. This was a very intense experience and when I had the feeling that the faces began to soften up, it touched me so that I even began to cry. The same strong feelings came up when I visited the Ground Zero Memorial. That is the reason why I have chosen these paintings for the present exhibition.

Impressions Art Expo New York 2019

stonefaces - contemporary witnesses

2011,80x80cm, acrylic on canvas

stonefaces -naked

2011, 80x80cm, permanent marker on canvas

stonefaces - thousand years are one day

2011, 80x80cm, acrylic on canvas

stonefaces - turning of the tide

2011, 80x80cm, acrylic on canvas

Art Expo New York, Pier 90, 711 12th Ave (55th Street and The Westside Highway) New York, NY 10019-5399 

april 4-7, 2019 booth 281

meet the artist: friday april 5 at 11:00 am and sunday april 7 at 1:00pm


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