Sunday, September 23
Public Art Panel
2 - 3:30 pm
Holly Sears: Hudson River Explorers, the catalogue available in The Museum Shop $15 dollars, 24 pages.
Holly Sears, born and raised in a small college town in the mountains of southwestern Virginia, developed her interest in nature by exploring the countryside with her father’s camera. After a BFA and MFA in Art from Virginia Commonwealth University, Sears moved to Brooklyn in the early 1980’s where she continues to live, work, and explore the waters in and around the city.
Luminous paintings depicting fantastical flora and fauna of the Hudson River — the Hudson River Explorers — by Holly Sears are inspired by the river and the region’s rich history of discovery, exploration, and travel. Created as designs for 11 panels on the North and South Overpass corridors at the Tarrytown Metro-North Station, the paintings will be the 25th installed artwork in Metro North’s Capital Program. Hudson River Explorers can be seen at the Museum from June 9 to October 13. Your trip down a corridor is one of discovery just like the journeys of the creatures in Sears’ scenes. Commuters experience the passing of time in the light and color of the sky and in the river as it transitions and shimmers.
I have always been awed and inspired by the mystery and amorality of nature. My paintings deal with carefully selected subjects from my observations, visions, and experiences with the natural world. In the most recent decade, creatures living and dead, have entered into my images. Birds, butterflies, insects, and mammals have become part of the scenes that haunt my thoughts. I investigate the kinship between my envisioned nature and its inhabitants and their physical and spiritual machinations and intrigues. I see the natural world filled with both unconscious and symbolic rituals and phenomena. My paintings are meant to give insight into this often unseen world and a heightened awareness that challenges our assumptions about the world around us. The images in my paintings are surreal, yet firmly based in naturalism. The flora and fauna described in my paintings create a liaison between our natural world and our human world and imply a kinship to the human experience.