KEENE VALLEY — Today marks artist Béatrice Bardin’s debut at the Corscaden Barn Gallery in Keene Valley.
But she’s no debutante to the gallery world as a veteran of Chelsea-studio happenings with her late, dear friend, artist/actress/author, Ultra Violet, a Warhol Superstar.
The watercolorist/printmaker was featured in solo exhibitions for each medium in 1998 and 2007 respectively, and she’s been selected for many juried and group shows. Bardin’s art is held in many private collections in the United States, Europe and beyond.
“Tree of Life,” a 2010 watercolor, is one of the works on exhibit during the month of July at the Corscaden, which features contemporary paintings by Zack Lobdell, Cinda Longstreth as well as ceramics by Cheryl McFadden.
A mystical rendering of the iconic theme, Bardin’s pink-violet-purple-brown pigments are shot through with gold-leaf text, in her native French, which she excerpted from Paul Éluard’s prologue of La Poésie du Passé.
The translated passage expresses best her feelings as an artist.
“We are born of one another. We maintain our name, our ambition, our hope ... We are more certain of the limited past than of the boundless future ... All has changed and all will change, but we must always melt the language of reality and that of the imagination, the possible and the hope, see clearly beyond, clearly within ourselves, reflect, express ourselves, act and be happy.”
“My house is in the trees,” said Bardin of the Keene Valley home she shares with her husband, Wayne Bardin, a Texan by birth and a scientist by training.
“That’s a recurrent theme in my work. From there, I have to put in that text. It’s in watercolor. I always work on paper or a natural product like wood. The tree of life you can see the tree but it’s superimposed.”