Coming from a poor upbringing in Uruguay, a small country in South America, I relate to poverty and hunger. I was homeless a couple of years ago, and I understand the desperation of being a woman without a roof over your head. This is why I paint images of homeless women in an impressionist abstract manner. I call my process spontaneous realism. My work is about using simple texture, line, color, shape, space, and form to create emotions. These works are a reminder that in a country as large and the United States, many homeless women are treated like street furniture, ignored, and unnoticed.
There is a primary dark vertical stroke that goes from the tip of the nose to the forehead. This stroke creates visual unity and applies visual weight to the area of the face. This contrasting thrust signifies the complexity of the painting. This abstract painting of Hungry Sarah is intricate. The eye of the viewer combines the colors to create the effect of light and atmosphere. This lack of continuity of color relationships accentuates the impact of light. The small strokes create the effect of light and form. In Hungry Sarah's painting, I captured the real sensation of light and imbued the image with a lot of energy. The painting of Hungry Sarah achieves life independently of the artist. The two-dimensional surface is subverted by a three-dimensional effect, which becomes part of the composition's physical intensity. The lack of blending of the oil painting strokes creates form and contrast in colors of a similar value scale. The lack of blending makes complexity and unified the elements of the facial structure. Hungry Sarah is part of my new body of work in support of the Feed Me Project. The Feed Me Project raises funds for homeless women and shelters by donating a portion of the sale of Hungry Sarah.
Description: PROPERTY OF ARTIST ROSSANA KELTON
Rossana Kelton 'Rossi' (B. 1960)
Signed, dated, and titled Hungry Sarah, October, Atlanta, 2020 (on the reverse)
Materials: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 16 x 20 in. (41 x 51 cm)
Date: Painted in 2020
Collection of Artist, Rossana 'Rossi' Kelton, 2020
This painting's condition is excellent. Paintings are sold in the state that they are at the time of sale.