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This is Pan Door, 2017, 6″ x 6″, watcolor, ink and pastel.

My children and I spent much of their earlier years in a northern Arizona forest. When we went into the woods, it was the closest thing to church we attended. There, we played, layed silently in falling aspen leaves, built forts, discussed mythology, ruminated on spirituality and continually discovered more about each other and the ecosystem of which we are small parts. Recently, my son turned thirteen. It is certainly a right of passage. We now live in a desert city, though the forest remains deep in us. We open ourselves up to new kinds of ecosystems, life stories, friends, dreams and experiences.

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Here is Soft Ferocities, 2017, 5″ x 5″, watercolor, ink and pastel.

I reflect often on our human emotional and physical neediness. We are prolific and impacting, to one another, to the earth on which we build lives. I feel, in a way, these rabbits are metaphorical for our fragility, as well as our innate ability to build/destroy.  Both fragility and the powerful ability to adapt our environments to ourselves have many facets, many ramifications.

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Thanks for reading! Both of the above works are available. For more about them and my other works, visit http://charmagnecoe.com, Facebook or Instagram.  If you are near to historic downtown Scottsdale, AZ, my work is represented and always on view at Royse Contemporary.

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Artwork by Fred Tieken (L), Charmagne Coe (center), Marily Szabo (R).

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As with all my work, I’m always bound on a journey with many surprises. I’m not a quick painter, by any stretch. It almost always takes a while for a story to unwind itself in the layers of water, ink and pastel. I step forward. I step back. I work on several paintings at once in order to keep the hum going, so when one piece needs to be left for a while, I can move to another painted narrative in-process. Each time I work, I’m encountering a great amount of puzzling, miring at times, and intense learning. Because of how varied this last year has been in my life, I find no end of ideas that I want to express.

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Below is the new work, We Speak Our Fossil Alive, 2017, watercolor, ink and pastel, 20 1/8″ x 19 1/16″.

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Detail pics:

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On another far more pressing note…  it is my hope that we allow equality to stand firmly at the helm of our hearts. May we be in solidarity with those who suffer injustice and whose rights are threatened in these strange political times. Never has it been more important to speak and act, in addition to feeling our convictions to support unity in America. This is why I march. It’s why I say “resist with love”. Peace to all of you!

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