FFAC "We the Artists" Art & Artists Catalog August 15, 2021

Ida Simmons 2020 (Montpelier) Oil on canvas-covered board 12 x 16 $250

"This past year of COVID has given us time to examine subjects we might have passed over in busier times. This tiny house, surrounded by huge mountains and great trees and spreading acres, standing immovable on the Montpelier property, is one such subject. What led the members of this family to make their home in a place that reminded them of their insignificance? Even more, where people had been enslaved? Surely, there must have been hesitations and conflicts in the making of this decision. William Faulkner, in his Nobel Prize for Literature acceptance speech, said “the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself....alone can make good writing.” When I see this house, I see that pull of opposites."


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