E. J. Montgomery's Configurations of Memory print series is a culmination of a life's journey. Her works are articulations of a soul who has found peace and solace in a world revisited with turmoil. E. J. offers glimmers of her inner sanctum through poetic interpretations of earth, air, and land in an impressionistic style that resonates with a vocabulary, subtle and languid.
From the Artist
Autumn Breeze is about landscape. I am drawn to spending time viewing mountains and seascapes and, in my youth, I did a lot of meditation in New Hampshire on religious retreats. The colors reflect the changing seasons and time of day. This work is also talking about Africa's mountain ranges in several countries I've visited, waterfalls and elders burial grounds, the night breeze and smells of the night in African countries, and how it differs in New England's mountain and ocean fronts. Much of my adult life was spent in California where you have wonderful colorful landscape including many mountains. In some ethnic groups in Africa, the elders are buried on the top of a mountain facing the sky and you are forbidden to climb to the top. This print is looking down on the landscape and up to the mountain.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records
For many years I have explored the role of memory and memorials in fashioning human history and identity in my art. My photographs and present abstracted artistic explorations dramatically portray configurations and coding processes of memory.
They represent memory as a template in which the mind stores cherished and sensitive experiences of people, places, and events. My art often contains calligraphic marks, strokes, swirling lines, language overlays of varied materials and colors, shadows and atmospheric conditions, and naturalistic formations in nature, such as trees, water and rocks.
My photographs offer glimpses of urban and rural landscapes and lifestyles of people of color today. Each work is titled and hopefully that adds to a greater understanding and discussion of the art between artist and viewer.
—From http://galeriemyrtis.net/evangeline-j-montgomery-statement/, accessed 7-5-2021
Painter, printmaker, photographer, and curator E. J. (Evangeline J.) Montgomery was born in New York City. She studied with local craftsmen and worked for African American designer Thomas Usher. Montgomery received a BFA from the California Colleg...Read More ⟶