My studio is in a hayfield in the Adirondack park, a place where I work these days to capture the light and the soul of the natural world around me. The paintings began in December 2016, autobiographical in nature, but also recordings of a spiritual experience in healing after a year long treatment for breast cancer. I have been painting abstractly for forty years and have come to believe that abstract painting is silent, spiritual music making and a form of philosophy made visual. All this informs the Liminal series on view where the titles for the paintings provide associations to begin viewing the work with; Shade to Shade; Shell of Time; I am nature, etc.
Alison Weld has been painting abstractly for forty years. She received her BFA from SUNY College of Art and Design at Alfred University in 1975 and her MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon finishing her MFA in 1979, Weld moved to New York City and has had her New York Metropolitan area studio in Jersey City since 1984. She is a gallery artist of the Ricco Maresca Gallery in Manhattan. Weld has lived in the Adirondack Park since 2010, thus maintaining two studios, in Jersey City and in Westport, NY.
Alison Weld believes that abstraction is visual philosophy. She seeks to reveal throughout her work an aesthetic order and an instinctive drive and to make evident that a painting’s surface is a film of consciousness. Weld’s response to the natural world she experiences daily informs the paintings of Light Field which are from her Liminal series, begun in late 2016. In Light Field the soulful light of a hayfield is invoked. For Weld, the aura of color is a truth of the mind’s light. Yet she also sees the aura of color as silent music and affirms that the truth of a painting is a dance of light and color as well as a dance of form and structure.