Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Paulette Tavormina



Paulette Tavormina, Flowers & Fish III, after G.V.S. (from the series Flowers, Fish & Fantasies), 2012

Paulette Tavormina, Plums and Chinese Walnuts, after G.G. (from the series Natura Morta), 2013

Paulette Tavormina, Fish Bone, after P.C. (from the series Natura Morta), 2008

Paulette Tavormina, Peaches and Morning Glories, after G.G. (from the series Natura Morta), 2010

Paulette Tavormina, Cardoon and Radishes, after J.S.C. (from the series Natura Morta), 2010

Paulette Tavormina, Crab Apples, after B.V.D.A. (from the series Natura Morta), 2008

Paulette Tavormina, Roses and Figs (from the series Natura Morta), 2013

Paulette Tavormina, Lemons & Pomegranates, after J.V.H. (from the series Natura Morta), 2010

Paulette Tavormina, Bread & Dragonfly, after J.V.H. (from the series Natura Morta), 2012

Paulette Tavormina, Flowers & Fish I, after G.V.S. (from the series Flowers, Fish & Fantasies), 2012

Paulette Tavormina, Lemons & Prickly Pears (from the series Natura Morta), 2013

Paulette Tavormina, Watermelon Radishes (from the series Natura Morta), 2009

Paulette Tavormina, Blueberries and Apricots (from the series Natura Morta), 2013

Paulette Tavormina, Quince, after G.G. (from the series Natura Morta), 2009

Paulette Tavormina, Basket of Fruit, after M.M.D.C. (from the series Natura Morta), 2011

Paulette Tavormina, Crabs and Lemon, after P.C. (from the series Natura Morta), 2009

Paulette Tavormina, Apples and Peas, after J.S.C. (from the series Natura Morta), 2010


Paulette Tavormina


Artist Statement:


I have long been drawn to the seventeenth century Old Master Still Life painters Giovanna Garzoni, Francisco de Zurbaran, and Adriaen Coorte. I am particularly fascinated by Zurbaran's mysterious use of dramatic light, Garzoni's masterful compositions and color palette, and Coorte's unique placements of objects.

Seventeenth century Europe witnessed an explosion of interest in the natural world. Botanical encyclopedias from the period are records of the discoveries made on extensive explorations during this "Golden Age" of global trading. Still life painters incorporated shells, insects, exotic fruits, and flowers found abroad alongside Venetian glass and Chinese porcelain. Their vignettes served as a tribute to newly discovered corners of the world. Worldly in their composition, these paintings also speak to universal themes as relevant then as now: the fragility of life and love, fleeting beauty and tempus fugit, the swift passage of time.

Standing in front of these paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York or The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, I am struck by their strong emotional resonance, their ability to transcend time and place. I imagine Coorte, Zurbaran, Garzoni, and their contemporaries as they gathered worldly treasures and guotidian objects to tell of newfound wealth, passion, and the inevitable passage of time. The essence of these paintings lingers with me as I gather my own flora, fauna, butterflies and treasured antiques to create the romantic vignettes within my photographs.

The Natura Morta images I have made in response to the Old Masters are intensely personal interpretations of timeless, universal stories. Years from now, I hope that the photographs I create will affect someone as deeply as the Old Masters' paintings have affected me. In one of these paintings, the artist included the words "Eram Qvod Es." The translation resonates within me: "Once I was what you are now."



For more of Paulette Tavormina's jaw-droppingly captivating works (!!FLORALS!!) -- click here to see a feature on lovemaegan.com.




8 comments:

Jen@ Road Trip Creative said...

So beautiful. That first one with the flowers AND the goldfish? DIE.

Caroline said...

Oh my gosh...my first thought was: Wow...these remind me of the Old Masters...specifically the ones I saw in Amsterdam! Ha! I am so artsy fartsy. But seriously, these are amazing!

Lorena said...

I loved these… however i am a little concerned about the goldfish… did she kill it ?
:(

nicole said...

damn. this girl can paint! it's refreshing to see some realism promoted by a contemporary blogger:))) not that i don't enjoy abstract works, but i'm a die hard representational fan, and i feel it's not as valued in the "blogging world." also zurbaran's the bomb. i love his annunciation paintings.

Maegan Tintari said...

it's crazy how they look like modern 'old' still lifes... lives? lol and how the floaty flowers you posted on my blog are also so different from these. I really love them all!

Tiffany Kadani said...

Incredible. I love the shadows, the colors, and the flow in each shape.

Anne said...

That goldfish just left the bowl so it will have another 15 mins to live outside the water...

These are amazing! Almost as good as the old masters.

Trissta said...

Oh God. I saw them on Love Maegan and knew you had to have a connection to that post! lol I didn't read through that one, but I had an inkling. Anywho, I absolutely ADORE this work. I have always been a big fan of the contrast of florals against black backgrounds, but man, this really takes the cake. I love the still lifes and can see the inspiration from the masters kicking in. LOVE.

Much Love,
Trissta