Two of my “Earth Tree” series paintings have been accepted to the Artist Council Inaugural Exhibition of the Huntington Beach Art Center. My latest one in the series is shown above, which has a more expressionist development and vibrant palette. The warm tones dominate over the cool blue-green base, with a strong broadside of light and heat from the left. I would be pleased to see you at the opening or at the artists’ talk evening. Below are the details of show and my art statement for the Earth Tree series.
I also add a note of good news about my other current show at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. At the Sept. 20 opening, I received a first place award in painting (third overall) for the three Earth Tree paintings in that show.
Friday, October 10th, 7PM – 9PM
*Musical entertainment by Sebastian Bop
*Catering provided by Cucina Alessa
MEET THE ARTISTS:
ArtWalk Thursday, October 16th, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
538 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648
ART STATEMENT – EARTH TREE SERIES
Big trees have long inspired humans beyond the utilitarian resources they provide. Their spirit is uplifting; they grow in annual cycles, becoming massive, towering and long lived wonders. There is extraordinary strength in their limbs and branches, and yet they rhythmically move with the wind. Each is unique, yet is constantly changing with time and season. They thrive with earth, water and sun to benefit man and the environment, and symbolically they join the earth with the sky. In my Cubist and expressionistic painting style, I paint abstractions of these qualities of trees.
Carole Choucair Oueijan
Title: Turning Pages
Mixed Media: Mosaic, Watercolor, Parallam beam wood, mirrors and other materials.
Size: 60H x 84W x 24D inches
Carole Choucair Oueijan
Born in Lebanon 1966, immigrated to the United States 1989.
Fascinated by art installations I have been seeing in many museums and galleries lately, I was inspired to write my life story in mosaic and watercolors while looking back at images and photos since my childhood to the present.
I have been very busy the last 47 years; growing up, falling in love, getting married then raising a family of 3 kids. I didn’t get the chance to sit back and flip the pages of my childhood albums until all my kids went to college.
I have more time for myself now! No more driving, volunteering or even cooking that much… This might have happened to you, so you might know exactly what I’m talking about.
Well, now that I got the chance to relive and cherish these tiny moments of my life, I wanted to share them with others, not through Facebook, but in the first installation I do, especially with people who had the same experience as mine: growing up in one country, trying to escape the war, and building a new life in another, on the other side of my world.
By choosing mosaic and watercolor mediums, I tried to express the smallest but most important moments that can sum up my life with its highs and lows. Little things that never seemed important until I lost my parents, like how my father used to pick me up on his shoulders or how my mother used to play with my hair as I sat in her lap. This installation is about these moments.
White, black, turquoise and ochre were used to describe our attachments to earth, how we were so desperate to leave either by sea or sky, our only hope, and all sad and happy moments we lived…
I hope this installation can help inspire you or take you back to the pages in your life, not just mine. Here’s to many more pages to come!
Thank you to my son Nicolas for putting this movie together for me. I love you
Music by Assi Al Rahbani – Mishwar. I do not own or claim to own any of the rights to this music. I just appreciate it and found it very complimentary to this piece.