• Self as Allegory

    14 days ago - By Women in the Act of Painting

    Mary Harju "Arte" oil on panel 11 x 14 inches 2015 collection of the artist
    This charming piece by Philadelphia area-based artist Mary Harju caught my eye for its interesting blend of both action and contemplation. There is a thoughtful, almost dreamy, expression on the artist's face but her arms are tensely linked by one finger, cradling the head but ready to spring apart at any moment and get to work. To me this is nicely emblematic of what it's like to be an artist. In fact the title "Arte" refers to the entire concept of Art, and in the traditional iconography of western art, a female...
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