I spend a lot of time in Holyoke. This is where I live, work, and play. All of the paintings in DUPLICITY depict a building, or a location in Holyoke. I consider the creation of these works a practice of artistic expression as well as documentation, like taking a “property” photo that catalogs a specific site for taxation purposes and gets filed away in a municipal filing cabinet. Perhaps this practice of cataloging the streets and structures of Holyoke will continue and perhaps it ends with this show. Either way, the vistas have long been etched in my memory. This city occupies my mind almost all the time and in many ways. A constant source of pride but also of frustration, I know I am not alone in my feelings for this town, even as a relative newcomer (2005). The original title for this exhibition was DUALITY which is probably a more appropriate word for my thoughts and my relationship with Holyoke but alas, DUPLICITY won out because of it’s pure beauty (to me) as a vocable. Aside from my awkward use of the word “vocable” in this statement, I generally speak as best as I can and from the heart when describing my work. Trying to inject complex theories and fancy meanings (that’s your job as the viewer) would simply be duplicitous.

Opening September 19, 2014 – 6-9 pm
The White Rose 284 High St – Holyoke, MA 01040
The exhibition runs from September 16 to October 18, 2014
Hours: Tue-Wed 11-5, Thu 2-8, Fri 11-5
Contact: Betty or Kristen (413) 387-8161 whiteroseholyoke@gmail.com