Signed, dated, and titled, on reverse, top: Rebecca Purdum / 2007 / Ripton 76 (Yellow)
In this massive abstraction, luminous layers of greens and yellows evoke the foliage of the rural Vermont town—only 65 miles from Hanover—for which Purdum has named the painting. Using her fingers to move the paint, the artist composed swirling layers that build a gentle world of contemplation, creating a sense of absorption for the viewer.
Purdum’s work draws inspiration from the environment in which she lives and works, but it also connects to a deeper metaphysical meaning. She writes: "After decades in the studio making and looking at abstract paintings, I have relied on the belief that art and spirit are one in the same and have always wanted my work to lead to something greater than myself."
What experience is conjured within you as you stand before this work?
From the 2022 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 105, Transcendent Landscapes: Abstracting Nature, curated by Alice Crow '22, Levinson Intern
SART 31, SART 72, Painting II, III, Colleen Randall, Spring 2013
WRIT 5, Expository Writing, William Craig, Winter 2014
SART 31/SART 72, Painting II/III, Colleen Randall, Spring 2022
A Space for Dialogue 105, Transcendent Landscape: Abstracting Nature, Alice Crow, Class of 2023, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 5 - April 23, 2022
In Residence: Contemporary Art at Dartmouth, Churchill P. Lathrop Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 18-July 6, 2014.
Rebecca Purdum, Artist-in-Residence, Fall 2009, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 29-October 25, 2009.
Rebecca Purdum, Artist-in-Residence, Fall 2009, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2009, ill. no. page no.
Michael R. Taylor and Gerald Auten, In Residence: Contemporary Artists at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2013, ill. p. 110, no. 100
The artist, Ripton, Vermont; sold to present collectioin, 2010.
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