PAINTER HAS ART WORLD BUZZING
WORD OF MOUTH IS THE ADVERTISING THAT MONEY CAN'T BUY
Scottsdale - Candice Eisenfeld
had only one painting hanging in a show at Scottsdale's Vanier
Galleries. Up and down Main Street, other gallery owners talked
about it. They found excuses to drop in at their competitors and
study it. You think that happens a lot?
In their defense, Red Fields wasn't to be ignored. Bands of scarlet vegetation
slashed across a brooding landscape. In the distance, a storm
Some saw it
as a metaphor for a raped and bleeding Nature. Others heard echoes
of the Holocaust.
art consultant, Robert Rollason, it was all of those, and many
"What you first
see in Candice's work is only the beginning of what's there,"
he said. "Anyone who's seriously interested in contemporary art
should keep an eye on her."
She is 27, but
her paintings, which fill every nook and cranny of the tiny home,
seem ancient. In most of them, pathways lead through dark, foggy
landscapes to a distant point of light.
Q: Your mother
was an artist who didn't pursue a professional career.
lived in Arlington, Texas. Arlington in the 1970s didn't do much
for the creative spirit. On the other hand, I grew up knowing
I didn't have a choice.
Q: You're 27,
but you look 10 years younger. Have you ever run into collectors
who pass because of your youth?
can I say? I'm classically trained. I know how to paint a painting.
I only hope people will look at the work and not me.
Q: You studied
art and Jewish history in Jerusalem. How does being a Jew impact
it affects the art, it is more subconscious than deliberate. The
work isn't about a specific religion, it is about life and spirit
in general. But every painting is encoded: They are the stories
of my life - and some people find specific Jewish references.
The Arizona Republic, in reviewing Red Fields, said that it had
the same impact as the little girl in the red coat in Schindler's
List. I wasn't making a statement about the Holocaust when I created
Q: Where do
you stand in the fuss over the Sensation! exhibition at the Brooklyn
Art Museum? The one with the Madonna with elephant dung?
A: Unlike a lot of artists, I don't
support every piece of art that comes out, especially art that
has a harmful, negative effect on society. Artists have a right
to speak out, and to do art that's meaningful to them, but I think
you have to ask yourself, "Is this hurting anybody?" Figuring
out where you cross that line - that's the difficult part, isn't
Q: What do you
want people to see in your art?
A: I hope
they see a searching, a quest. There are mysteries involved and
things to overcome, but, in the distance, there's a light. There's
BY KYLE LAWSON,
The Arizona Republic
Jan 07 2000
Reach Kyle Lawson
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