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Two Ways of Seeing

by Isota Tucker Epes
Goodwin House - Falls Church, VA

Virginia Woolf was intimately involved with the visual arts as well as the literary world of London from 1910 to 1940. Her sister, Vanessa Bell, was an important painter of the period whose work now hangs in the Tate Gallery. Woolf herself was asked to write the biography of Roger Fry, the art historian, curator an painter who introduced modern art and cubism to England in a controversial exhibit.
In this painting Isota Epes, strips the scene bare – just the writer and the white page, the painter and the empty canvas, two ways of seeing.
After retiring from a career in teaching and school administration, I decided (to my total surprise) to go to art school with a friend. Fortunately, I was living in Richmond, Virginia, at the time and for 12 years I took all sorts of art courses at Virginia Commonwealth University and at the Virginia Museum of Art from some wonderfully generous and able professors. Then I began to paint full time for group and solo show
s. My favorite work is a series of 10 paintings on the brilliant British author, Virginia Woolf., whose writing I discovered at twelve years old and have been reading, both fiction and non-fiction, ever since. In 1991, I discovered the International Virginia Woolf Society, joined and showed my paintings at their 1992 Conference. Overt the years I have had eight more exhibitions of the work in various cities. Today I am 87 years old, living in at Goodwin House, an Episcopal retirement community in the Washington, DC area. I still enjoy making art. This Woolf series is not realistic, but as one critic wrote, “more surrealistic than anything else.” In any case, I hope these images convey my growth over the years through the study of Woolf’s superb creations.


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