Click to read the article, “Lydia Rubio, The Artist in Arcadia,” published in the August 2021 edition of Hudson Connection.

A Hudson Emergency Arts grant project 9. 2020  in collaboration with poet Marjorie Agosin.

Click here to see VIDEO at the Hudson Art Fair site.

View of Letters to Hudson, 2020

Stack of envelopes to be sent

Letter #6 Watercolor, collage, ink on handmade paper . 12 x 9 “

Local artist Lydia Rubio has occupied a studio on Warren Street for about a year. After considering her financial future in the wake of COVID-19, she recently decided to create a studio at home and move her gallery digital, showing at the online Davis Orton Gallery this summer.

“The idea of going digital is great, and even main galleries are doing it, right?” Rubio said. “It will free the art world from old rules and it will eventually help a lot of artists. It is like a new age… it’s a change that might benefit everyone.”

Rubio has been using this time to work on an abstract series called “Encounters,” which she hangs in her living room on the “Pandemic Wall.”

“It’s about struggle — the struggle of exterior forces and a stable rectangle,” Rubio said. “In a sense, it’s a contrast of elements, isolation versus activity, movement versus static.”

Rubio said she feels lucky to have the creative work to do, otherwise she doesn’t know how she would handle isolation.

 

Interactive paintings performance at the Lumberyard, Catskill NY. 9. 15. 2019. Exhibition of five large format paintings on panel related to environmental issues in the Hudson River. The public was invited to participate in a sequence of erasures and redrawing of the works including references to the sites painted by Frederick Church and Thomas Cole, to evidence the urgency to stop the destruction of nature.

See video here