Trish Edelstein
 
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Trish Edelstein

Born in Ireland, Trish Edelstein is a painter and writer. With an extensive professional background in theatre directing and production, as well as arts management, Edelstein is now focusing full time on her painting career. She works principally in oils and canvas, often using bright, striking colours against much darker, smoky backgrounds. Her studio is currently based out of Amman, Jordan, a base which she uses as a platform to explore the Middle East region, an aspect in her creative process that has strongly influenced and informed her work, and marks a departure from earlier paintings created while based in Europe. The exploration of Jordan, Beirut, Syria, Yemen and Oman, and the process of understanding and adapting to harsher surrounding landscapes and foreign cultures is one of the primary factors that influences Edelstein’s work. There is a distinct element of loneliness in Edelstein’s paintings where faces of her figures, while often based on the Classical ‘ideal’ beauty with large, olive-shaped eyes, long, thin noses and full wide lips, are trapped in their empty, dark surroundings. Figures in her paintings are placed in a dark, unknown and therefore threatening surrounding. She creates a sense of isolation, and displacement. The question of the importance of ‘the home’ arises.  She continuously explores the notion of identity related to one’s surroundings, or lost surroundings, and most importantly, people’s choice of home. Many of her canvases are large in scale, and use vibrant colours in the foreground, often with a sole full figure pushed right to the edge of the canvas, creating a bold statement and reflecting the artist’s conscious display of confidence to bolster the idea of ‘fitting in’ and identifying with one’s surrounding environment and culture. In contrast many of these large canvases have two figures, sometimes entwined, always with a sense of loss between them. Often they are cocooned in a blanket, reflecting the utter vulnerability imposed by the harsh realities of a lost and struggling identity. Edelstein is clearly fascinated with technique in painting and influenced by the results of past greats such as Vermeer, Rubens and Velázquez. While this brings an intimacy, and highly skilled finish to her works, it also perhaps further displays Edelstein’s own journey and struggle for acceptance in the indomitable and unforgiving artistic world. Edelstein’s work has been exhibited internationally and she is currently working towards two shows, a large scale installation at Makan, Amman, July 2010 and a solo painting exhibition at Nabad, one of Jordan’s leading art galleries next year.

Mory Cunningham.

 
     
   
     
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