|"I embrace the concept of art as gift - a gift that has the power to extend our minds and enrich our spirits. It counters the image of art as self-centered, "obsessed with its own reflection." Each day in my studio begins with a prayer for the strength to avoid cowardly solutions, falsity, and insincerity in my work."|
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|Adele Myers was a Dominican Sister who lived and maintained her studio at the Dominican Convent in Sparkill, Rockland County, New York.|
Sister Adele Myers died peacefully November 7, 2015.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, on October 4, 1925 she entered the Dominican
Sisters of Sparkill on September 8, 1944. She professed her first vows
in 1946 and her final vows in 1951. Sr. Adele was artist in
residence at Dominican Convent from 1986 to 2013.
In her most recent work, Sister Adele used the ancient materials of fresco but did so in an untraditional way, leaving large areas of the cement exposed. "Cement is a very tactile material that lends itself to forceful and expressive use," she claimed. In some pieces, she used a true fresco technique, painting on wet lime. In other works, color is applied to dry lime by using acrylic glazes or pigment mixed with egg yolk.
Her work is non-objective, with ideas coming from many places. Nature, particularly its dramatic rock formations, was a limitless source. She also derived inspiration from other artists, religious symbols and stories, ancient ruins, and often enough, from scraps of material lying on the studio floor.
Sister Adele spent a year of study in Florence, Italy, at Villa Schifanoia, a graduate school for music and art. It was there that she painted her first fresco, although at that time she said she was more interested in looking at frescoes than in painting them.
She embraced the concept of art as gift and firmly believed that it has the power to extend our minds and enrich our spirits.