Love At First Sight/ Artist Statement

September 5th, 2019

This is the artist statement for my current show, which is about some of the wild beings I have fallen in love with and have had a positive impact on my life…

Artist Statement by Rosemary Conroy

Love at First Sight

September 6 through October 2, 2019 / AVA Gallery, Lebanon NH

“Knowing someone who belongs to another species can enlarge your soul in surprising ways.”

— Sy Montgomery in How to Be A Good Creature

My life has been punctuated by a series of serendipitous encounters. Meeting my partner of 30 years — ridiculously serendipitous. Having the now famous author Sy Montgomery, (quoted above) as my journalism professor in grad school? What else could it have been? Getting to meet and look almost every one of the wild animals portrayed here in this show in the eye? Divinely so!

Each time my life has intersected with one of these beings*, it changed the course of where I thought I was headed. Each time, it enriched my life in ways still unfolding. And each time, I can happily say, yes it was “love at first sight.”

I’ve never put together what each of my encounters with these wild creatures have given me — some of it is just too hard to articulate. So instead, I painted this show. I did my best to capture their beauty and spirit as a way to express my love, respect, and wonder for them and to honor and thank them for being part of my experience, as well.

Each painting here has a paragraph recounting a bit of the story of how we met — which I hope you’ll find interesting. Each painting is literally embedded with my words of gratitude and prayers for each species — marks often obscured but definitely there. And each painting has a love song for a title— because that’s what each one is, really. I hope the show leaves you humming a happy tune and being grateful for all the wonderful encounters you’ve had with wild ones in yourlife.

I dedicate this show to Sy Montgomery for her continued inspiration, enthusiastic friendship, and bright, uplifting spirit. Without knowing her, I don’t know that I would have had the chutzpah to get eye-to-eye with wild polar bears or swim with humpback whale mommas and babies! Thank you Sy.

*(My encounters with the humans mentioned have been incredibly enriching and wonderful too — but for this show, I’m focusing on the wilder beings.)

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