Carol Rubin: Vegetation Ceremonies

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“Blue Thicket”

Vegetation Ceremonies by Carol Rubin, on display at the Studio Gallery now until February 28th,  distills the very essence of all vegetation in its various natures and plants the abstraction onto canvas for viewers to experience.

Awash with color and life, no singular plant comes to mind when observing Rubin’s paintings and yet the undeniable sensation emerges: what is seen on the canvas is some manner of vegetation – or all manner of vegetation that you have at once never seen before and yet known all your life. Vegetation Ceremonies exists as Carol Rubin’s gesture of appreciation towards the rhythm and nature of all plant life, both serene and active. Indeed, the joy of experiencing Vegetation Ceremonies was only matched with interviewing the very artist behind the exhibit.

Carol Rubin was met with early Friday morning at the Studio Gallery upon the unseemly hour of 8am. A staple of the DC arts scene for the past 15 years, Carol has spent the last 3 years teaching landscape painting at the Washington Studio School. Radiating a quiet kindness and a smile like a sunflower’s, Carol delved straight into discussing her work.

Carol’ possess the splendid ability of discussing her work without any pretense of faux humility (so common amongst creative talents, your lowly correspondent included) merely an objective analysis of her work.

She quickly illustrated how many of the lively works in Vegetation Ceremonies leave room on the canvas for the eye to rest. “Blue Thicket,” for example, starts from the top of the canvas with a splendid array of wild untamed gestures followed by a mass of colors huddled together in active conference coming to a serene close as blue streaks seep down drawing one’s eyes to rest in just the manner Carol is so proud of. Amidst the process of painting, Carol found herself “keeping very saturated colors and complementing them on top without mixing,” rather interlocking in ceremony. The exhibit is ultimately Carol’s “way of [expressing] appreciation to the planet…and frustrations with climate change cynics.

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