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NECHAMA REIZL TOPPER

NECHAMA REIZL TOPPER

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Artist Work

Nipple Mountain
2006
Oil on Canvas
24 x 36
Cities: Above and Below
2008
graphite on paper
18" x 24"
Covered Bridges
2008
graphite on paper
18" x 24"
Juggling Bubbles
2019
Acrylic
12x24
A Bird in a Hand Is Worth Three in a Bush
2019
Acrylic
12 x 24
Second Generation Fragments
2019
Pastel on Paper
18 x 24

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Phone
443-717-1829
Artistic Category

Media Arts, Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My work begins with an idea: a vague, non-verbal awareness which could best be expressed in visual terms. As I work out the formal problems, the importance of the original idea recedes and the process, the intimacy of manipulating the medium, becomes my primary focus. At some point I stand back and look with surprise at what seems to have appeared from nowhere. That original vague idea has evolved and become clearly understandable through my having painted or drawn its portrait. Fences, divisions, grids, and sections reveal my interest in how humans vacillate between the need for close connection and established boundaries, often generating emotional imprecision in our relationships. Metaphorically examining this emotional imprecision through the exploration of objects in space, I use color, shape, and repetition to create that same emotional ambiguity. By exploring this relationship between connections and separations, I challenge the viewer to examine the underlying motivations of human interaction, to contemplate the essential significance of this imprecision in his or her life. I usually work in oils on canvas or graphite on paper, and often use identifiable imagery in the form of repeated personal symbols. My work has been called post-pattern and decoration with references to feminism, women's issues, and the linear art of the late 1950s and the 1960s. I play with boundary and space, denying the illusion of three dimensions at times or strongly emphasizing it at other times. Additionally, my years as a language arts teacher contribute to a playful, punning character in my work and frequent literary references in the titles.

Artist Bio

Education
1987 BFA, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
2001 MA, Towson University, Towson, MD
Exhibitions
1986 Annual Juried Student Art Show, Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham, AL
1987 Annual Juried Student Art Show, Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham, AL
1987 Solo Show – BFA Exhibition, Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham, AL
1990 Juried Exhibition: “Within the Eruv,” Norman and Sarah Brown Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD
1990 Alumni Invitational, Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham, AL

Works owned in private collections in Birmingham, AL, Baltimore, MD, Boca Raton, FL, Delray Beach, FL, Kennett Square, PA, Yardley, PA, Jerusalem, Israel, Beit Zayit, Israel, Beit Shemesh, Israel., and other unknown locations.