Green Earth Gallery, 50 East Main Street, in Riverhead, is honored to exhibit a collection of the organic minimalist works of naturalist artist Mym Tuma. Tuma’s career spans fivedecades and focuses on the simplicity and beauty of the organic form. A significant aspect of her career and strong influence in her work was her close relationship with Georgia O’Keeffe, who became her informal mentor. Under O’Keeffe’s mentorship, Tuma’s creative process flourished.
In the 1960’s Tuma discovered T.S. Elliot’s quote: “I construct something upon which to rejoice.” It became one of her personal mantras which she integrated into her artwork with the concept of freeing visual forms from confining frameworks or grids, and metamorphosizing into a free visual form conveying empowerment. Her ideas about art germinate from the premise that we are all born out of the rhythms of nature. She captures the rejuvenating energy in the composition of shells and seeds by abstracting into pictorial forms. The spiral, an embryonic shape, is common and found in most
Since the 1960’s Tuma has focused on new materials and shaped canvases merging painting and sculpture. Abstract images in fiberglass are reinforced with mesh wire. The artist refers to this technique as “sculptured painting” communicating the theory that “organic” contours and autonomous shapes project “energy” in space, moving away from the confines of the grid.
Mym Tuma not only is a visual artist, but a published author, poet, and committed environmentalist. She has lived on the East End of Long Island for 27 years. Working in the open environment on the beaches of the East End is essential to the theme of renewal. “I watch the unity of the sky and the action of the waves eroding the dunes. You, too may long to return to living on an island where one seeks solitude in simplicity.”
For more information, call (631) 369-2233, or visit mymtuma.com. All Bids are kindly welcome. Opening Information to be announced.