Auguste Rhonda Tymeson was born in Quincy, Illinois. She received a BFA from Culver Stockton College, graduate studies in the MFA painting program at Southern Illinois University, and post-graduate work at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Tymeson has been the recipient of numerous awards including two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Awards, an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, and New Jersey State Arts Council Fellowships. Residencies include the Visiting Artist Residency at the American Academy in Rome and the Julia and David White Artist Colony in Costa Rica. Her work is included in private and public collections and has been exhibited in the United States and Europe. She lives in Jersey City, but works in a studio in Hoboken.
Waiting for the Sun
Auguste Rhonda Tymeson
acrylics and india ink on hand-cut okawara paper
73 × 79 in.
The work begins with fluid painting on recycled/unfinished Okawara paper paintings. The image on the paper is then meticulously hand-cut to reveal the beauty of the black web lines, stained glass patterns, and the remnants of a previous life. The act of spontaneous painting combined with the obsessive cutting is akin to the turn of the dervish – an ecstatic dance of surrender and yet with a great centered discipline. The intense disciplined turning is how the dervish becomes an empty place where human and divine can meet – a resonance with universal soul. The labor intensive making of the work becomes a meditation and act of devotion to spirit. Cosmic webs.