The 2011 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show: Esther Epstein

Esther Epstein, Museum Assistant

Esther Epstein with her oil painting, Mystique. Photo: Sarah Osborne Bender

How did you decide to choose this work for the staff show?

Mystique was created the way it should be experienced: not as a canvas but as a catalyst for a meditative, peaceful state and a portal through which one can enter, escape, and rediscover on many levels. The interaction of observer with work of art is key, and the dreamscape allows for ease and reflection.

4 thoughts on “The 2011 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show: Esther Epstein

  1. Real cool, as the kids say. I haven’t yet reached a meditative or peaceful state, but with the help of Ms. Epstein’s dreamscape, I’ll keep trying. Wish the Phillips had room for more of her work.

  2. I really love this piece – from the title to how it puts me in a relaxed mind set. It makes me feel like I am in the mountains, looking over the water with a beautiful blue-green sky. Thanks for sharing this with the world!

  3. Esther’s work usually transports me to a dreamscape of cool breezes, soft ocean waves, and heavenly vistas. I often feel like she has depicted the sunrise where everything is bright, fresh, dawning and new. The way that Esther boils down a scene to its essentials without removing the dynamics and intrigue deeply impresses me. With life’s fast pace of today, people do not have time for extraneous and unessential things. I think she does a fantastic job of concentrating a breathtaking view to its essence. I would love to see more of Esther’s meditative work showcased at the Phillips!!!

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