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Regina Silvers
New York, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: GRANNY PEACE BRIGADE PROJECT As an artist, I bear witness. Working from nature or documenting the cause of peace, my commitment is to observe and verify that moment of life in front of me; to distill the intrinsic meaning found in the structure, form and flow; to record my observations, thus validating the event. I am driven to paint nature and people-- capturing my subjects in action. When I spent time in upstate New York, I focused on rocks, water, and plant-life, rather than still lifes or sweeping panoramas. When my practice became based entirely in Manhattan, I began to paint from my sketches and photographs of people in action on nearby urban streets–most often local protesters. From this impulse I have produced a body of work based on the women of the activist group, The Granny Peace Brigade. I have followed these courageous women, photographing and drawing them while joining their demonstrations. The project synthesizes my concerns as an artist, activist, and feminist. Making paintings from my documentation of these feisty seniors provides me–an activist since the days I marched against the Vietnam War with the Women’s Strike for Peace–a wonderful opportunity to merge my political convictions and concerns with my aesthetic quest to create dynamic paintings. Through my active witness, I convey the vitality of these passionate older women who are defying the perceived limits of age and sex to live up to the slogan on one of their placards- “Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport”. At the same time I am broadening my painting vocabulary, exploring ways to visually express their spirit and message. So the project is as much about painting as it is about the narrative.
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  • #8201 July 4, 2011 Reading the Constitution
    2011
    Acrylic and oil on primed paper

  • #8230 Zuccotti Park, October Morning
    2011
    Acrylic on Paper

  • #8143 Raging Grannies Mothers Day
    2010
    Pastel on paper

  • #8008 Singing for Peace
    2009
    Acrylic on paper

  • #8035 Peace Plank Demo
    2010
    Acrylic on paper

  • #8024 Carrying the Peace Plank
    2008
    Acrylic on paper

  • #8027 Peace Plank Rally
    2009
    Pastel and Acrylic on Paper

  • #8101 The Grannies 1 (Times Square)
    2009
    Oil & Acrylic on primed paper

  • #8106 Grannies on the March
    2010
    Acrylic on paper

  • #8012 Mothers Day
    2009
    Acrylic on paper
 








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