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Janice McDonnell
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Red Hook

Media:Painting;


ARTIST STATEMENT: For the last year Iíve been working on and thinking about pretty landscape paintings with industrial subject matter. The working title is Pretty Industrial and the idea came to me while I was an artist-in-residence at CAC Troy, New York. I was standing in a desolate warehouse looking out broken windows that faced the Hudson River. It was a beautiful, blue-sky day and I realized that the trees I was looking at were the same trees that Iíd seen on the canvases of the Hudson River School painters. This made me rethink how we perceive our decaying, industrial landscapes. When I returned to Brooklyn, I saw the industrial neighborhood surrounding my studio with fresh eyes and a new interest. Brooklynís working waterways are changing and I felt a need to document my take on it while Iím here. The Gowanus Canal and Erie Basin paintings are painted in the studio. Iíve also included paintings from the warehouse in Troy, NY as well as plein air pieces from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware that help inform how I paint in the studio.
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