Cora H. Roth

Artist Statement

Earliest visual memories influence artistic sensibility.  Growing up in New York City imprinted its structure of horizontals, verticals, grids, its dazzling lights, and its frenetic energy.  These have remained ubiquitous in the work, combined with my musical training, which defined my need for rhythm and harmonious color.  

Light has been particularly important, as has my search for a calm refuge from urban chaos, which finds expression in my white paintings and light series.

Although the content evolves, the paintings maintain characteristic elements of rhythmic repetition, thickly applied paint, closely valued color, interest in light, and textured surfaces.  The earliest work of horizontal or vertical stripes slowly developed into what I call New York City grids, culminating in the neon paintings. These paintings begin with an acrylic under-painting to activate the surfaces, then developed with layers of oil paint, creating a visual dialogue on the canvas.  

Trapezoid wall sculptures, stimulated by a recurrent waterfall dream, overtook the painting for a number of years, ultimately producing the Angel in the House series.

My studio provides an orderly sanctuary for me where I can plumb the depths of my memories and feelings.  Through painting I hope to crystallize dreams, feelings, and life experiences into a visual materiality, conveying a clear, unified, yet enigmatic presence for the viewer to personally and individually incorporate and interpret.