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Photo credit: Lee Romero

The remembered moment when a particular light and atmosphere transform the landscape inspires my work. I explore a fleeting reality where color, form, sound and smell interact. Here, I can merge the abstract with the figurative, space with the object, the mundane with the spiritual. Using the filters of time and memory as my guide, I build delicate layers of color and mark to reveal the poetry of rhythms that weave through this passage of nature. I work in painting, drawing and printmaking mediums to discover anew from time spent hiking, bicycling, walking and sitting quietly in nature.

Shelley Haven: The Architecture of Nature, is on view at the Wave Hill House, Riverdale, through May 2019. Shelley is a 2018 recipient of the BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) award in painting. In 2017 she was the Teaching Artist-in-Residence at the Hudson River Museum. Her artwork is collected in the Museum of Modern Art PAD/D and Franklin Furnace Archives, the New York Public Library Rare Books, Prints and Periodical Archives, New York University, Pfizer World Headquarters and AIG Inc., New York City; Library of Congress, Washington DC; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Other awards include Puffin Foundation and Manhattan Community Arts Fund grants; residency fellowships at David and Julia White Artists’ Colony, Costa Rica; Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain; Anderson Center, Millay Colony, Saltonstall Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, U.S.A; and a Manhattan Graphics Center studio fellowship. Exhibition venues include New York Public Library, Binghamton University, Iona College, Pfizer and Lesley Heller Gallery. Ms. Haven’s work has been presented in the U.S. as well as in India, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, England and France. She received her BA from Binghamton University and MA and MFA from University of Iowa. She taught at Cooper Union and Marymount Manhattan College, and currently teaches at School of Visual Arts. Shelley Haven, a native New Yorker, lives in the Bronx and works in her Yonkers studio.

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