Artist of the Month: Margaret Bruno-Metzger
“We go through life running around and never catching our breath but when we stop and reflect on what we are doing, a picture forms, if only for a moment. It’s in that moment that we are able to capture motion, however fleeting it may be.”
Margaret Bruno-Metzger received her BA in studio art from Lafayette College. Her love of running led her to complete an honors thesis her senior year titled “The Continuum of Motion”, which was her running experience captured on canvas using acrylic paint. Her personal work still reflects her desire to explore the physical process of painting and how it can be transcribed into an image using paint.
Margaret on her work:
My style of staining canvas initially came from my desire to have layers in my work, which together create an image that sets the canvas in motion. I pour paint directly onto the canvas varying my gestures in speed and duration, as well as brush paint on top of the stain to bring life to my initial idea. I always try to evoke emotion as well as motion in my work. Through color, line, texture, and technique I am able to produce an image that verbalizes my initial intent.
My work revolves around my quest to capture motion. There is a language to the gestures that we use in our everyday lives which we are unaware of. In a way I am not capturing motion at all. I am creating it. I’m setting guidelines and cues for people to follow, but it is up to the individual to make the final connection to the piece and extract meaning from the composition. We all come from different places and while the image does not change, the experience one has moving through a piece is unique.