ROCHELLE WOLDORSKY: The Lyrical Pear (drawings)
May 4-27, 2023
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 7 from 2pm to 4pm
Diane Pecoraro, community poet of St. Louis Park, will read poems in response to these drawings
Closing Reception: Saturday, May 27 from 2pm to 4pm
About this new body of work, Rochelle writes:
I could call this my pandemic therapy. I started this series of pear drawings during the days when we were pretty much in isolation. I bought some pears and set them on the table, not intending to draw them but to eat them. I looked at the way they clung together and before I could separate and eat one I took out my pen and sketchbook and did a simple contour drawing. I continued to draw the shapes and then looked back on drawings of pears from art school days. Pears have always been a subject for me.
Easy to draw, relation to human form, they combine so well together, they snuggle, they speak to each other, and since I started drawing and buying pears I found there is a huge variety of shapes and color. I took out my oil sticks, the soft greasy ones that have the feel of oil paint. I enjoyed working with them so much and they seemed to effortlessly direct my drawing. The arrangements are not intentional I just set them down and whatever grouping they took I would draw. I admit to occasionally arranging but believe me they fell comfortably into place and I didn’t argue with them. This was and is a magical experience.
I brought my drawings to a meeting of artist friends and while showing them I asked for thoughts on adding some words. One of my artist friends responded. Carolyn Light Bell is a writer and photographer. She took on the challenge and wrote some wonderful short sayings that we turned into a series of cards.
I also began to look up poets who had written about the pear and found so many fascinated with this fruit. The pear has quite a history and is the subject in much art and literature. Even in music. Three Pieces in the Form of a Pear
Is one by Erik Satie.
I am most happy to join this group in appreciation of the pear.