Paige Williams Currently a professor of painting and drawing at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, she exhibits locally, nationally and internationally including exhibitions in Germany, the Ukraine, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York. She has been selected as an Artist in Residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts in New York, The University of Alaska in Anchorage, The Neu Rathaus Gallery in Munich, Germany and The Vermont Studio Center. Grants include an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and a Summerfair Award to Individual Artists.
About the Work Utilizing color and the edge, my work explores the physical and psychological dualities that exist in relationships: perfect/flawed, shared/private, vulnerable/resilient, constant/irregular, confident/insecure. The forms are casual yet conscientious, defiant yet vulnerable and address our daily subtle adjustments. They are about discovery, the struggle to relinquish control and reveling in the absurd and unexpected.
The most recent paintings are derived from my experience with books. A book is a secret, a surprise, a discovery, a diptych, also dichotomous in that it is intimate yet public; an accessible closed container. Reading is a pleasure with side-affects.
The grid, though varied in form, is a recognizable constant throughout the work, attempting to embrace and perhaps even celebrate a deviation from systems and precision. A tendency towards order and perfection thwarted by our shortcomings. I am greatly intrigued by that which makes us human: varied degrees of elegance, awkwardness, clumsiness and grace.