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Sybil Archibald

18 Warren Court
South Orange, NJ 07040

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- 4 great artists:
Sybil Archibald, Wendy Bellermann,
Debbie Markette, & April Tracey
- "Hands on" demonstrations of:
--- Monotype printing
--- Making paints from plant, animal and mineral sources
--- Gilding with 22k goldleaf
- Food, drink, ping pong, fun!

Artist Statement
My painting, sculpture, and printmaking reflect my life-long fascination with the natural world and the power of art to transform. Drawing on my background in traditional arts such as icon painting, I create luminous visions laced with saturated color, deconstructing deeply personal themes into a symbolic language that subverts the expected: mummies become cocoons for rebirth and bones capture moments of gestation; light is uncovered from darkness and birds usher in the creative life force. Using flat painted surfaces combined with sculptural forms, my work alludes to ornately carved devotional altarpieces underscoring the sacred nature of the present moment.

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"My sculptures, focusing on the relationship between physical suffering and creativity, explore and how creative energy flows into the world. The subjects are real people whose lives profoundly influence me. People like Hildegard of Bingen, a charismatic 12th century abbess whose pain shifted as she found her voice, and Beethoven, a composer who confronted hearing loss, are mapmakers and inspiration for creativity in the face of great physical difficulty."