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Margery Freeman Appelbaum
updated: 01/12/2012
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Portrait of War
Detail of Portrait of War
Portrait of Women on a Swing
Detail of Woman on a Swing
Portrait of Young Urn Girl
Detail of Young Girl in Green
Portrait of a Young Girl Loving Thyself
Detail of Young Girl Loving Thyself
Portrait of the Blue Urn Girl
Portrait of Ambivalence
Portrait of Blanche, the Middle Urn Sister
Portrait of Lucille, the Youngest Urn Sister
Family Portrait of Ida, the Oldest Urn Sister
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, collage, gender/sexuality, feminist, figurative, dreams, memory, narrative, obsessive, pattern
 
 
Portrait of War by Margery Freeman Appelbaum
Portrait of War
Mixed media
2011
42 " x  32 "  x 7 " 
Detail of Portrait of War by Margery Freeman Appelbaum
Detail of Portrait of War
Mixed media
12/2011
9 " x  26 "  x 4 " 
Portrait of Women on a Swing by Margery Freeman Appelbaum
Portrait of Women on a Swing
Mixed media
12/11
32 " x  32 "  x 7 " 
Detail of Woman on a Swing by Margery Freeman Appelbaum
Detail of Woman on a Swing
Mixed media
12/2011
7 " x  23 "  x 5 " 
Portrait of Young Urn Girl by Margery Freeman Appelbaum
Portrait of Young Urn Girl
Mixed media
2/2011
15" " x  24""  x 3"" 
Detail of Young Girl in Green by Margery Freeman Appelbaum
Detail of Young Girl in Green
Mixed media
12/2011
12"" x  4""  x 3"" 
Portrait of a Young Girl Loving Thyself by Margery Freeman Appelbaum
Portrait of a Young Girl Loving Thyself
Mixed media
12/2011
17"" x  12""  x 4" 
Detail of Young Girl Loving Thyself by Margery Freeman Appelbaum
Detail of Young Girl Loving Thyself
Mixed media
12/11
8" x  12"  x 4" 
Portrait of the Blue Urn Girl by Margery Freeman Appelbaum
Portrait of the Blue Urn Girl
Mixed media
2/2011
12" " x  20""  x 3"" 
Portrait of Ambivalence by Margery Freeman Appelbaum
Portrait of Ambivalence
Mixed Media
12/2011
7" x  11.5"  x 2" 
Portrait of Blanche, the Middle Urn Sister by Margery Freeman Appelbaum
Portrait of Blanche, the Middle Urn Sister
Mixed media
2/2011
17" " x  27""  x 3"" 
Portrait of Lucille, the Youngest Urn Sister by Margery Freeman Appelbaum
Portrait of Lucille, the Youngest Urn Sister
Mixed media
2/2011
24"" x  18"  x 3" 
Family Portrait of Ida, the Oldest Urn Sister by Margery Freeman Appelbaum
Family Portrait of Ida, the Oldest Urn Sister
Mixed Media
2/2011
27" x  11.5"  x 2" 

Artist Statement

Margery Freeman Appelbaum:The Urn Series 

Margery Freeman Appelbaum came to New York twelve years ago, after spending her professional life as part of Washington/Baltimore art community. During that time she received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Maryland, College Park. Although in the printmaking department, her thesis advisor was a prominent sculptor who encouraged her to move her work from traditional printmaking methods to mixed media relief.  This approach has remained constant in her artwork for the past thirty years, and is evident in the current series, “Family Portraits of the Urn Sisters, comprised of whimsical portraits of imaginary women who are caught within the cultural parameters defined by the perfection of the classic Greek Urn   Layers upon layers of collage, encaustic wax and oil women have mutated into unrecognizable urn formations.

 

Appelbaum has taught for ten years at the Graduate School of the College of New Rochelle’s Arts and Communication Studies. Courses have included Mixed Media Painting and Drawing, Color Theory, Painting Composition and Critique, Figure Drawing and is currently overseeing the Apprenticeship Program.  She is also a member of the faculty of the SUNY/WCC Center for the Arts and also sees students privately.  She has been a recipient of state and county fellowships and numerous awards including the 2009 Gold Medal Award in Painting by the National Association of Women Artists.  She has participated in over forty national exhibitions, eight one and two person shows, reviewed in more than twenty art publications and

has artwork held in numerous public and private collections including USA Today, Washington Post Inc. and IBM.

 

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

1/2012

Artist Statement/Margery Freeman Appelbaum

 

This is a series of portraits of women who live inside ancient Greek urns.  The urn is used as a metaphor for the physicality of the female, both sharing undulating curves, and their utility as a container of life-giving liquids.

 

Although created separately, each with their own persona, the “urns” have become a large community, sharing markings and body parts, as if they are sisters who dress themselves from the same genetic wardrobe.

 

The traditional historic inferences of ideal Greek beauty, symmetry and the golden ratios of perfect shape are not found in these portraits.  These are real women with blemished skin, swollen bellies and misshapen arms and feet. 

 

Each portrait captures a moment in time that reveals the woman’s internal thoughts and emotions. The specifics of the women’s location, social environment or economic standing are irrelevant.

 

All of these women have molded their imperfect bodies and thoughts to live within the “ceramic” boundaries of society. By pushing the urn’s exterior into asymmetrical contours, the women bring change to society’s prescribed rules. Even though individuals may express sadness, confusion or disbelief, it is in their strength to push the parameters that gives power and hope to the larger urn community.