Phyllis Crowley
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The Asian Series
The Asian Series began with a trip to the Huangshan Mountains in China. High in the mountains, early in the afternoon, the clouds roll in, enshrouding the landscape in fog, and creating a soft, enclosed space around the viewer. This spoke to me in a very personal way, and was followed by the misty rice paddies in Vietnam, which, at dawn were covered in early morning fog.

These images for me denote a personal, intimate space. They have the smudged outlines of memories, and ask the question of what we can ever see and know clearly. Color is subtracted to abstract and emphasize the tonalities and forms. They are made small because they are a little like secrets, and must speak softly.