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“Untitled, 2017” by Cathy Crofut - Acrylic on canvas painting of solid-color geometric shapes on light pink background. shapes include circles, squares, lines, triangles and diamonds. Colors include pinks, reds, purple, blue, greens and black.

“Untitled, 2017”

Artist: Cathy Crofut, Lee

Description: 20.5″ x 30″ Acrylic on canvas

Artist Statement: “Painting helps me get my emotions out on paper rather than holding them inside. I’m happy when I paint and am proud of my accomplishments with the finished artwork.” – Cathy Crofut

In Crofut’s paintings, one finds a unique freedom in sense of color, texture, tone and composition. Crofut achieves her geometric approach by plotting a series of points on the canvas with the support of a trained “tracker” who acts as her hands and who deliberately maintains a neutral voice in the creation of the work. The tracker prompts Crofut with a series of yes and no questions that give her authority over each artistic decision in the creation of a painting. Crofut decides the size of the canvas, the composition and orientation of the work, the color and thickness of the paint, and the tool and speed with which it is applied to the canvas, using a laser pointer followed by the tracker or plotting points on the canvas until an image emerges. Cathy Crofut’s work happens through Community Access to the Arts (CATA) in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. CATA provides innovative arts workshops to people with disabilities in a wide range of genres and then shares their artistic creations with the community through an annual performance and year-round art shows. These public events shine a light on the talents of 600 CATA artists, drawing attention to the ability within disability.

About the Artist: Cathy Crofut paints using a technique called Artistic Realization Technologies. Developed by Tim Lefens, Artistic Realization Technologies is an innovative painting technique designed to allow full artistic control to people with profound physical disabilities who do not have the dexterity to apply paintbrush to canvas. Crofut has been working in the A.R.T. process for over 10 years. Her work has been shown at the Berkshire Museum, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, the Clark Art Institute’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill and Good Purpose Gallery.In 2014, Crofut was commissioned by the law offices of Parese, Sabin, Smith & Gold after attorney Virginia Stanton Smith saw Crofut’s work at a CATA art exhibit. The piece took nine months for Crofut to complete, measures 2 ¹∕₂’ x 10’ and is the biggest painting she has competed to date. It was unveiled in April of 2015.

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