LAND - WATER - SKY
Juliette Casselman, Land Lover
Izabella Casselman, Water Wonderer
Tom Casselman, Sky Wanderer
June 3 to June 25, 2017
Land. I'm a native Rhode Islander: I have always loved mucking around in the marshes and woods. Herons that live in the marshes have a certain elegance about them. But I am inspired by the personality in all animals. This past year I visited my friend in northern Maine.
Her homestead was scruffy and the animals were too. I couldn't wait to capture their individuality from the strutting rooster Hans to Abe the leader of all the goats who purrs like a cat. Foxes I just like to paint. My rabbit is not a cute or fluffy but a scruffy rabbit that lives truly off the land. While snail just wanders slowly around the dandelions that he/she thinks are fireworks. Most of the time I find animals a lot more inspiring than people. My family is of course the exception to the rule.
Water. For me water is beautiful, water is fun, water is dangerous and water can be deceptive. The Tsunami of 2004 really impacted me. I live on a cove in Island Park. I have watched storms during high tide. The house I live in survived both the 1938 and 1954 hurricanes. Many times I have imagined what it would be like to be trapped in a tsunami tide or a storm surge with my children and how would I try to keep them safe. Just thinking about the horror of possibly losing them is something I could not bear. I feel that I would be like parent trying to lift my child from out of the water. The stories of loss, well…
On the other hand, I loved watching my daughters in the shallows at the beach during low tide. Them playing, the sun shining and a breeze rippling over the waves. I now get to see my grandchildren repeating their mother's experiences and my heart fills with joy. Water the giver of life and joy. The two faces of water.
Sky. There is only one sky that all the world shares. The oldest dream of mankind was to fly. Kites were and are the earliest attempt to achieve that dream.
To extend a frail piece of paper and sticks into the air gives you a connection to where you don't belong. The visceral connection to the invisible wind puts you up with the kite. From my earliest childhood to my 70th year I have always enjoyed this simple pleasure of looking up. Over the years I have had the opportunity to join other artists, & engineers to create unique examples of modern, traditional and scientific things that fly. My designs reflect both Western and Asian influences which I interpret in modern materials.
Go fly a kite - you won't be disappointed.