Now on view at the Patchogue-Medford Library is the solo exhibit Drawings by Jeanette Martone. The series of graphic work was inspired by Martone’s humanitarian efforts in the developing world. Each drawing captures a moment in time, in which the artist reveals the inner grace and beauty of her subjects that are found in the minute details of their environment. The images brings awareness to the common linkage of our humanity and the fragility of culture.
About the Artwork
The drawings stem from photographs taken by the artist during her travels to several countries in the developing world. In one work, Summer on the Sidewalk, Martone captures two school-aged girls interacting with one-another on a residential street. The children ignore the artist – and by extension the viewer – as they remain focused on each other. We do not see the younger girl’s face and the overt ambiguity of their interaction leaves us wondering what is taking place. Despite what can be inferred from their environment –the truck with the open hood in the background, and the girl’s bare feet –the pair project a joyful innocence that inspires a message of hope.[Read more…]