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Astrid Friend

  • Homer Council on the Arts 355 West Pioneer Avenue Homer, AK, 99603 United States (map)

First Friday Opening Reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 2
Exhibit runs June 2-July 3, 2017

Astrid Friend

Painting to me is all about the experience of the creative process. I purposely start without concept to come to an image, which is always unexpected and originating in my subconscious - the place that retains all sensual impressions during life being the infinite source of imagination and dreams.  

In the past it was BW photography that fulfilled my passion for sharp lines and high contrast images. In painting my attraction lies in the opposite - the indefinite, the blurs. In my work I like to play with both concepts. 

Becoming part of the creative flow is very exciting when it happens, it demands trust in the inner source and a passive awareness. My journey to the image always involves discoveries as well as accidents and a portion of serendipity. When I feel the image coming on, the analytical mind usually sets in to manipulate the outcome. This step is most critical - since a painting’s magic is extremely volatile. 

All paintings in the show emerged since I came to Alaska ten years ago. I am thrilled by the light in winter, the cool blues and pinks. Then I feel like I am living in a world beyond - the last frontier before the universe. 

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing - and keeping the unknown always beyond you”. Georgia O’Keefe, 1923

Earlier Event: May 12
Anchorage Bowl Chamber Orchestra
Later Event: June 17
HCOA Fundraiser by HUGS