Marie Finkelstein - Transitions: From Dark to Light
The exhibition Transitions: From Dark to Light reflects the artist's personal transition as she come to terms with loss and learns to embrace happiness and beauty once more.
Diary, a group of self-portraits, and the Christie Beach landscapes express Finkelstein's grief both in subject and palette – canvases of grey loneliness and desolation. They give way to the New Life paintings which gently explore the fragility of new life and the birth of hope. Finally, brilliance and colour return to the viewer's world in the paintings of the sea, sand and palms of Palm Beach, the flowers and foliage of Barbara’s Magic Garden, and the whimsical joy of Ty Dreaming. The last 3 series continue the artist's interest in the play of light in her painting practice.
With the benefit of time and perspective, Marie Finkelstein sees her personal transition from dark to light mirrored by the Covid crisis. She, like so many others, has struggled to emerge from fear and isolation, daring to hope for a return to the brightness of a world we once knew.