Quarry Swim | Kimberly Collins Jermain
In the summer of 2019 I was a visiting artist at the Manship Artists Residency + Studios in Lanesville, MA. I began my color study entering on the West side of the granite bowl in the mornings when the sun illuminates the stone, carrying the warmth into the water, and revealing submerged cleaved steps. Fish, small blue gills, greeted me each day after a first feeding with my son’s visit to the swimming hole. The images, in oil stick on recycled plastic YUPO paper, are from snorkeling in the quarry from late July through to the fall. The activity of painting in the water informs my view of the aquatic world healing the dramatic wound left by the man-made excavations of Cape Ann granite. A few studies in oil stick and acrylic paint are from water-level and above as color on the Eastern side of the quarry lit up with the change of season in the afternoons. This summer, I was invited back to work again in Canney’s Pit as a “resident” of the Manship Artists Residency + Studio. I have continued to work on larger paintings about the experience of color in the quarry using oil on panel.