The Washington Art Association’s upcoming exhibit features two artists “who generate magical paintings (and) share many commonalities who follow particular rites of passage in the creative process,” according to the members.
“Marilyn Greenberg and Candy Spilner were both inspired by ceremonies experienced in Southeast Asia, ranging from Balinese dance to funeral rites and festivals. Both artists brought these experiences home to their studios as mystical treasures to enrich the Western canon of 20th century abstract painting. Both artists are immersed in modernist painting that seeks to break through the boundaries of Western confinement and join a global connection to a larger cultural celebration,” according to the association. “The celebration of biological grounding and organic abstraction derived from a deep love of nature is common to both artists. All the work is done on and with paper. In Spilners’ work, the paper becomes an object with layers and a full three-dimensional profile. With Greenberg, the paintings are on paper and are like manuscripts from a wizard’s book of magic.