A group of Twin City artists talked about the direction and meaning in their art, and what surfaced was an interest in exploring “What We Don’t Talk About.” The group exhibition that resulted touches on societal conventions and addresses human fear. The artists offered their thoughts on what inspired their work.

Ann Meany, for example, indicated: “I am fascinated by what is not said in conversations. Our Facebook/Instagram culture is about sharing good, perfect moments. What is it we don’t openly talk about and why? Our society has record levels of anxiety and depression. How can we begin to deal with this when everyone seems to have it all together? I asked several dozen people: What don’t you talk about? Their immediate answers ranged from body parts to political issues. My sculptures are inspired by these interviews and my own personal experiences.”

Other women in the exhibit found inspiration in other places:

Katie Beumer: “A few years ago, my grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and her absence is noticeable. She still has a sense of style with help from a few aunts, but little touches are disappearing, no more homemade food or thoughtful cards. This time of limbo has opened me to understand the sense of peace she gave and still gives my family. Even with her memory loss I see her unique gracefulness shine through.”

Zulma Davila: “My 70th birthday was a big turning point in my life and with my art. As I face decreasing days, life’s uncertainties and questions of when death will come, I also recognize life is a gift, a paradox and a contradiction. I notice the exquisite edge of life’s beauty and death’s certainty, and then more fully cherish close relationships and soften to strangers. I honor our connection to each other and all living and non-living things. I make my art out of this awareness.”

Linda Seebauer Hansen: “In an overwhelmed society where people feel tremendous personal pressure, art can offer connection with what it means to be human. My work reflects overarching life analogies and truths. I process pain, express experience, and enshrine memory. Making art is a means to open up and bring to the surface what is caught or stored beneath and to reconcile what needs to be let out in the world.”

Anne Kramer: “Over 40 million or 1 in 5 American adults experience mental illness in any given year. Many of us know what mental illness feels like, yet we don’t share these experiences with our friends and family. In my paintings I express the confusing, dark, personality-altering feelings I went through in the worst stages of my depression.”

Judith Sarah Rae: “People don’t talk about aging; they are afraid. As we age we can feel we will be overlooked by younger generations as diminished, disregarded, replaceable and sidelined. I believe aging is the natural, healthy process of human growth, evolution and transformation. These gained insights, wisdom and feelings of self worth can and should be offered as gifts to community. My artwork addresses this belief. We are not meant to live in fear, but to fully embrace all of life!”

Laura Mayo Schulz: “My work continues to reflect on and visit what I call ‘spaces of truths.’ Here I find fine moments of fluttering comfort, fleeting absolution, and questionable resolve. In my artwork I challenge the viewer to take a deeper look at what is in front of them. Then … pause, and dare to pass your point of comfort.”

The exhibit is on view at the Hudson Hospital & Clinic healing arts 
until February 4. Reception February 2, 6-8 p.m.; artist talk at 7 p.m.