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    Let us ruminate on art-related difficulties.

    I haven't had many good ideas about what to write lately. There is nothing of note. As usual, I am working on new versions of the same painting I keep painting ad infinitum, variations of shapes in space. Whatever key to the universe I think resides in unlocking the secrets of shapes in space, I...
    July 16, 2018
    It's after midnight, and I've spent the last few hours working, somewhat mechanically, on two new paintings. Some nights, I feel propelled, like I am on the verge of some insight, some solution, when I paint. Other nights, I am relaxed, spaced out, my hand moving the brush almost by intuition.  ...
    I think of myself as a calm, patient person. It's not self-deception, for the most part. At not one, not two, but three different jobs I've worked over the years, I've been told I have a 'calming effect' in stressful situations. But every calm person has their breaking point, and funnily enough...
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  • About New Elephant Factory.

    New Elephant Factory is an artist's website; it is the umbrella for all my visual endeavors. I'm Naomi, a person just trying to make some paintings and drawings in Pittsburgh, PA. I paint mostly in acrylic, and mostly in abstractions of landscapes and minerals, with some sympathetic animals thrown in for good measure. Abstraction is necessary for me because it's in that dreamlike, heightening and distilling space of engagement with what is already there that we arrive at the potential for what is not, and where we confront impending loss, impending change. I graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008 and the University of Pittsburgh in 2011.

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    I'm open to questions, concerns, collaborations, commissions, community.

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