“My figure work is the embodiment of who I am as an artist. I connect to the lines and shapes of the pose, the gesture of the model, and find the essence of the person who is posing. As I work and find the gesture, I try to keep the details to a minimum. I believe it is important to engage the viewer in a work of art and I see it as collaboration between the model, the artist, and the viewer. We, as artists and as lovers of art, understand that art is what teaches us what is important in life and defines those moments that we all have when beauty becomes reality.”
Bonnie Goldberg is a self taught visual artist in Columbia, South Carolina who focuses on abstract figurative art. She is the recipient of a 2016 arts award and honor from the Palmetto Center for Women for outstanding work in her field and her many contributions to the community. She has studied with many notable painters including Alex Powers, Katherine Chang Liu, Glenn Bradshaw, Ernest Velardi, Don Andrews, Sigmund Abeles, and Carole Barnes. Her work is in private collections in the United States, Canada, and France.
“Waiting on the Stairway (self portrait of the artist )” is a reflection of the arts and the role of the arts in life. We create art to give views to the world of what life is and what life can be. Art is the constant that has sustained the world in good and bad times. It is the artist who points out the fragilities of life and suggests the solutions.
In this particular piece, I hope the viewer senses both the isolation of the social distancing and the connectivity of the shared world experience as we all contemplate how to make our world a better place for all of us.