Daniel Maidman visits the studio of painter Janice Nowinski on the occasion of the exhibition Janice Nowinski: Recent Paintings at John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York, on view from October 10 - November 3, 2013.
Maidman writes: "Nowinski works, at the ground level, moment by moment, through artistic intuition. She works on her paintings forever: adjusting, wiping out, overpainting, pausing, reflecting, stopping for long periods, returning and revising. She feels her way through the dark until the illumination strikes her, and she finds that she has arrived at last." He concludes, noting that Nowinski "confronts not only the 20th century, but the 19th and all the centuries before; she embraces both her human and her cultural inheritance. She acknowledges not only the necessity, but the failure of the painted figure. In recognizing both, she contributes to the rehabilitation of the things we know we need. She helps to strain out old poisons and discover a language of trustworthy images."