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Rise Up by Christine Alfery, 2017 13 x 19 Mixed media

A Response to Artnet News magazine

The most recent Artnet News magazine has a cover story headline titled “Art As Industry.”  I ask, “Is art an industry? Should art be considered an industry?” In the past, there are those who believed that art would be compromised/ controlled if it was: created for money, controlled by what...
Sisyphus-On-The-Beach-Sarasota by Christine Alfery

The Seduction of Art

Should art re-imagine or imagine an idea? As an artist, viewer  or lover of art, should art seduce you? As an artist, what seduces you to the extent that you want to recreate/re-imagine it and use it? Is that what art is all about? Seduction? If an object can be...
Sail Boards In The Gulf - Sarasota

Selfishness Part 2

I was out to dinner with friends the other night when my girlfriend made a statement about something that we were talking about. Although I don’t remember what we were discussing, I do remember her statement. She said, “But you have to share to give to others. Everything can’t be...
On the Horizon Home

Selfishness Part I

Selfishness Part I   Should we be selfless as artists?  Should our work be selfless, non referential to who we are?  There are so many values and collectives who believe that selflessness is a virtue.  A virtue that a member of the group must strive for in order to get...
Once There Were Green Fields

Aesthetic Moment  

The wind is moving through the woods.  The trees are singing a wing song. Some of the notes are deep.  They sound like rushing water across rocks and pebbles in a mountain creek.  These deep notes are mingled with a rustling sound. It reminds me of the sound of sandpaper...
On My Way to the Circus

The Soul of Art

Does the work speak to your soul? What has happened to the idea that a person’s value (worth) is not gained through the networks she travels and associates with but, rather, a person’s value (worth) is what it is because of their own merit and for what they’ve done?  Why...
Jewels in the Water

Smooth Rocks from Lake Superior

Smooth rocks from Lake Superior carved by the waves of that powerful water.  A crystal clear cold water, always causes a little shiver to run through my body when I dig my toes into the sand and pebbles that line it’s shore.  That water is so powerful it naturally tumbles...
Crash Greyling by Christine Alfery

What a Shame

Copy – Sameness – Universal There are places within art theory and discourse form where the words “copy” and “sameness” appear. I have been reading a book called “Pattern and Decoration” that outlines that perhaps these ideas could fit into art theory and discourse.  The idea is that many crafts...
Spirit of the Land, 14×14, Watermedia on Watercolor paper

Take me Home, ToTo

Put on your ruby slippers, click the heels together, close your eyes and make a wish.  Take me home ToTo. The Journey Series.  Christine Alfery  Life is a journey. It’s full of ups and downs.  I frequently describe it as a roller coaster ride.  We are in it for the...
Migration

Free from Limits

Art is an idea that should be LIMITED by NOTHING at all.  It’s an idea that is filled with freedom and creativity. Art is an idea, an idea that comes from an artist’s mind which should never be fenced in or caged.  An artist’s mind needs to be free.
Rocks, Rocks and More Rocks 14×14, Watermedia on Watercolor paper

Fluid, Flow, Freedom

I think the hardest thing to do as a person and as an artist is to understand yourself and your soul. It’s hard to truly understand who you are, instead of what someone else thinks you should be, or what they think you are.  How someone else thinks an artist...
Dragon Kite

The Majestic Pine and the Squirrel

I watched a squirrel this morning as she climbed almost to the top of the tallest pine tree in our woods.  The pine is a very stately tree that has survived windstorms, tornadoes, heavy wet snows, and freezing rains.  Freezing rains and heavy wet snows are the worst.  Freezing rain,...
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