Lieby Miedema: Works on Paper

Exhibition Dates: October 1, 2007 - October 26, 2007

Reception: Thursday, October 4, 6-8 PM


These paintings build on visual concepts that were introduced in the early part of the 20th century and that I have continued to develop, maintaining contact with the origins of abstraction and Surrealism. I have remained committed to an art which draws from personal resources and alludes to and evokes worlds outside - an art which builds on and explores the painterly and imaginative themes introduced by Kandinsky, Miro and others. In the tradition of the Abstract Surrealist artists, I create a raw primordial space filled with transparent and reflective elements interwoven with vivid color and line.

I believe that painting draws its strength from self-exploration, as well. Painting is a process of discovery and realization that begins with a gesture, an impulse, an idea, and as the painting progresses the subject develops out of the interaction of the painter and the medium. What emerges is always a surprise, though personally familiar, and what is discovered comes from so deep inside that it cannot be anticipated or expressed in any other way. To use Kandinsky's term, the work grows out of "inner necessity.”

Lieby Miedema was born in New York City and has been painting for fifty years. Her works are abstract and done in acrylic and mixed media on paper. She has shown in New York City, Boston, and Lowell, MA where she now lives.