Lucy Maliszewski
Born: Detroit, MI
Studied- BFA-Painting-Art School for the Society of
Arts and Crafts in Detroit) Now College for
Creative Studies

Years ago while studying Painting at the Art School for
the Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit, one of my
instructors gave us some very wise advice. He said to go out
each day and see-really see the world only then are you
able to create great art. So on the way to classes I looked-
I saw the lover climbing out the window in an apartment in
Detroit to avoid detection. I saw the burned out homes
and businesses from the Detroit riots. I saw a Vietnamese
Vet high on Acid hiding behind a lamppost thinking no one
could see him. Occasionally we ventured across the street
to the Detroit Institute of Arts for Art History courses. There
I saw the incredible light reflected on Van Ruisdael’s
“Cemetary” . I saw the energy that light reflections brought
forth from Turner’s paintings and much more. I’ve taken
that inspiration a step further and now listen as well --I listen
to “Sparrows” by Schwatner and then I create my painting
“Sparrow” I listen to “Pierrot Lunaire” as performed by
sopranos Lucy Shelton or Tiffany Dumouchelle while
looking at Picasso’s work then I paint my own Pierrots.
I love the works of the Biomorphic Abstract artists---Arp,
Brancusi, Miro, Kadinsky, then Chagall and others
and I paint my own biomorphic pieces. I still try to “See”
as I walk by the ocean. I see cormorants with wings flapping
to dry in the cold fall wind.I see pieces of driftwood,
fragments of Hurricane Sandy- lives and possessions
lost, a bicycle found dripping in sea algae. I see the wind and the
waves throwing big boulders up on the shore. I become joined with
them and they pull me over and under and spit me out and a new
work is created and it starts over again.

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