Breath That I Can Swallow by Meg Wolensky


Breath That I Can Swallow, 2017 Meg Wolensky

Oil paint and Golden course acrylic medium on board.


Oil paint and Golden course acrylic medium on board.

Completed in 2017 by Meg Wolensky.

A beautiful eye catching seascape painting which appears to be a postcard and an empty cut-out image taped on the painting. But they are in fact Trompe l’Oeil, (to fool the eye in French.) This gives the image a 3-D effect but it’s all paint. There is no tape on this painting.  The artist says she loves to paint tape.

The variation of the blues is soothing yet provides a stark contrast and it represents a the Chesapeake Bay, where the artist grew up.  The deep waters are calm on the surface but turbulent in the deep, much like families.

The left image is a postcard of a painting that when unveiled was so risque, that the painting was painted as having been shrouded. So this is a painting containing a painting of a shrouded painting!  The artist purposely left the insert on the right transparent for ones own interpretation.

Meg Wolensky is a Philadelphia based artist. She obtained a BFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2014 and a Masters of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University in 2016.   Meg explains, “I paint when I’m stressed out. Or when I’m in love. I make classical still life oil paintings that are disrupted by moments of intense personal narrative, meditating on the ebb and flow of queer relationships and friendships as they build around me. I understand closeness and separation through objects that simultaneously hold sentimentality, vivid memory, myth and history, spontaneity, and pain.”

The painting is signed by the artist on the back of the board.

This piece is unframed and the size is: 24.5″ wide x 18″ high.


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