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The 2011 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show: Esther Epstein

October 19, 2011

Esther Epstein, Museum Assistant

Esther Epstein with her oil painting, Mystique. Photo: Sarah Osborne Bender

How did you decide to choose this work for the staff show?

Mystique was created the way it should be experienced: not as a canvas but as a catalyst for a meditative, peaceful state and a portal through which one can enter, escape, and rediscover on many levels. The interaction of observer with work of art is key, and the dreamscape allows for ease and reflection.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Faith permalink
    October 19, 2011 2:17 pm

    I understand the feelings expressed by Ms. Epstein – the feelings she opens up with her painting. It is lovely.

  2. Aaron and Jackie Epstein permalink
    October 19, 2011 3:12 pm

    Real cool, as the kids say. I haven’t yet reached a meditative or peaceful state, but with the help of Ms. Epstein’s dreamscape, I’ll keep trying. Wish the Phillips had room for more of her work.

  3. Kim Bowley permalink
    October 20, 2011 11:06 pm

    I really love this piece – from the title to how it puts me in a relaxed mind set. It makes me feel like I am in the mountains, looking over the water with a beautiful blue-green sky. Thanks for sharing this with the world!

  4. Mia permalink
    November 23, 2011 2:06 pm

    Esther’s work usually transports me to a dreamscape of cool breezes, soft ocean waves, and heavenly vistas. I often feel like she has depicted the sunrise where everything is bright, fresh, dawning and new. The way that Esther boils down a scene to its essentials without removing the dynamics and intrigue deeply impresses me. With life’s fast pace of today, people do not have time for extraneous and unessential things. I think she does a fantastic job of concentrating a breathtaking view to its essence. I would love to see more of Esther’s meditative work showcased at the Phillips!!!

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