Rhythm, Repetition and Verse, Recent Prints, Drawings, and Artistís Books by Diane Fine
Plattsburgh State Art Museum Home Page Image: Translation, Li-Young Lee, 20 cloth-bound booklets, collaboration with Pati Scobey, mixed media, 4.5 x 5.25 inches, 2007
Translation, Li-Young Lee, 20 cloth-bound booklets, collaboration with Pati Scobey, mixed media, 4.5 x 5.25 inches, 2007

As is the generation of leaves,
So is the generation of men
[1]

How to comprehend the complexities of human experience Ė the meaning of its relationships, its creative endeavors, its rituals, its memories -- in light of the relentless passage of time, the inevitability of mortality -- oneís own and that of oneís loved ones? How to live life with wholeheartedness and intention while grappling with unanswerable questions? Diane Fine unflinchingly delves into such mysteries by approaching them pictorially. She brings to the delineation of her subjects unbounded curiosity; an unblinking, unsentimental gaze at inner and outer landscapes; and, signally, a reverence for relationships formal and personal. Reaching beyond easily accessible artistic and philosophical statements, she is open to the exploration of processes and of deep emotion, probing with awe the measurable and the unmeasurable, the mutable and the immutable. She draws inspiration from both physical and metaphysical sources, never shying away from perplexing issues.

In confronting such issues, Fine delights both in the rich stimulation that solitude can offer, and in the drift and flow of inspiration that human connections provide -- in the synergies that can result from the shared human experience, from receptiveness to othersí perspectives. She deeply cherishes the cross-pollination that artists are able to bring to one another to create fruitful collaborations. Fidelity to the domains of objects and feelings can produce wondrous images with multilayered textures and meanings. As is evident in the present exhibition, she and her fellow printmaker achieved especially fertile collaborations in Japanese Sketchbook, made with Mario Laplante; and in Translation, Li-Young-Lee, Translation, Neruda, and Translation, Oliver made with Pati Scobey. When Fine works with another artist, the two employ both images of familiar objects and non-representational shapes that express abstract concepts. In interpreting the works, the viewer enters into their partnership, completing the cycle with his or her own personal perspective of the tangible and the represented. Thus, the artistsí acts of creation, arising from the expressive gifts of each, become gifts to one another and to the viewer. [2]

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