Princeton artist Karey Maurice sent a correction to the January 16 article on the “Persistence” exhibition at the Plainsboro Library and closing January 30. We wrongly attributed his series of paintings as prints. Each used the images of the human skeletal structure and Olympic diver Greg Loganis to bring attention to the artist’s own physical challenges.
“Look at the work again and you will find us all in the little tiny drips of red paint in five of the ten paintings,” he wrote. We respond by saying we made the wrong call and gladly correct ourselves.
The artist also shared some addition information explaining how he got involved with the exhibition — which he called an “awesome opportunity” — and some other thoughts:
“I am surprised at how I was solicited to join via email from (U.S. 1 arts editor) Dan Aubrey’s son, Byron, whom I know from him volunteering at the Methodist Church where I sometimes go on Wednesday if I am feeling well enough or need food from the pantry to get me through the month.
“He did not know who I was, and I did not reveal it to him that I was the artist he sent the email to, I just began brainstorming a new series of paintings that had to be honest in terms of my present condition.
“I didn’t have to do this because I have literally hundreds of paintings in storage that I could have easily exhibited for this show, but I created another challenge for myself and started working in August on the paintings that you see there now.
“I just finished them just one week before (Byron and Liz Aubrey) came to my studio to pick them up. Talk about Persistence! I didn’t even know the theme before I started working I just wanted to pick up on an experiment I was playing with in my head with silk screens added to my special technique I’ve been using for 30 years.
“Thank you for writing that follow-up article because I needed to know what happened in the first exhibition down in Trenton which I was aware of but was not included for some reason (I was born there?) but I didn’t sweat it. I’m so confused when it comes to the local arts scene . . .
“But most importantly it’s about the process in which one utilizes during his remaining time on this earth and none of us have the power to determine what that might look like? My biggest visible disability is the color of my skin . . .”
Self-proclaimed non-artist Kevin J. Feeney also had something to say regarding the exhibition:
“Your column on artists with disabilities reminded me how much I still miss the annual ‘Art, First!’ artists’ exhibition at the old University Medical Center hospital on Witherspoon Street. The quality of the work was phenomenal, at least to my non-artist’s eyes. Over the years I purchased several items that I still enjoy looking at. I very much lament the fact that when the hospital moved to its new location, they chose not to continue this very worthwhile project. Nor have I ever been able to get a reason as to why it was discontinued. Sad.”