Harriet Goode


Wanda Steppe

“No Boundaries: Surface and Symbol”

June 4 - July 29, 2017

City Art announces its newest exhibition “No Boundaries: Surface and Symbol”, a two woman exhibition of paintings by Wanda Steppe & Harriet Goode. The opening and reception for the artists will be Sunday afternoon June 4, 2017 from 2pm – 5pm. The exhibit continues thru July 29, 2017.

“All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface, do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.” Oscar Wilde

Steppe says, “This series of paintings began with a dream image when I was recovering from a serious illness. That image was a deep chasm with a tree lodged deep inside. I couldn't decide if the tree was trapped inside or floating out. At the time I thought the dream had to do with life and my perceptions. Over the years I became obsessed with that image and have explored many possible meanings. Ultimately I believe it addresses the big questions in my life: fragility, fear, struggle, the search for meaning, profound beauty and how, once in a blue moon, something magical happens...”

Goode comments, “The women in my paintings are not people I know, but people I’d like to know, sort of like my spirit sisters. More often than not they are telling a story, sometimes in a language I don’t even understand, as if an alien has hijacked my imagination.

“The titles are often inspired by lines in short stories or even from newspaper columns, which I manipulate to fit my own purposes. The use of icons and metaphors helps deliver the story, often arcane, but I can usually figure out what the women are telling me; however, I don’t share my interpretation with the viewer. I like secrets.”