Rachael Eastman's Coastline
Rachael Eastman's current solo exhibition at Robert E. White Gallery, "Ocean Ritual" runs through December 10th at Husson University in Bangor with smaller works that pack a punch of infinite bigness and contemplative grand beauty.
Eastman's dedication to imprinting the dawn coastline within herself translates directly to the art work with such ease, her hand fluidly speaking the dichotomous nature of the coastline with both the stirring dangerous sea as well as the peaceful and sublime. Her paintings and drawings capture that constant movement, the ebb and flow of the ocean's signature, and her choice to complete small works shares with us her experience and gifts us with a larger than life impact.
"The scale of my body against the enormity of the ocean had me suddenly making tiny works for the first time, as if to echo the way that I felt in proportion to the sea. Paradox meeting passion. To be fully present in a place and yet, to step out of the way toward a greater force of nature all at once: that is a merger of the intimate with the infinite."
An honors graduate from Maine College of Art, Rachael Eastman first felt her operating theories collide when she sought the works of J.M.W. Turner in Europe, and began to show her works throughout New England and beyond. Years later, the zen mind was forced to reconcile with her own innate romanticism when she fell in love with the light at ocean's edge and began to steep herself in experiential knowledge of Maine's coast line.
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