ebullience and unaffected optimism, the paintings of Florence Putterman
recall the free wheeling inventiveness of the early Modernists.
Having broken all the rules of painting, those pioneers of abstraction fashioned
a new artistic language with which to express the remarkable changes sweeping
in with the dawn of the twentieth century."
"Today, at the approach of another century, Puttermanís
paintings exude a similar careening, feckless energy. Poised between
abstraction and recognition, everything in sight appears to be undergoing
marvelous transformations. Putterman has imagined a world in which fishes
brush up against foxes and spinning orbs roll across landscapes replete
with figures, forms and not quite identifiable creatures. At times, we
feel plunged into a mysterious underwater realm, where creatures existing
in a state somewhere between plant and animal drift lazily in the deep sea
currents. In a another moment we are transported to a parched desert,
where the blazing sunlight picks up specks of color and gives them an
unnatural glow. In these paintings, nothing is static, everything is
subject to change, and an invisible energy animates all."
"Puttermanís working method is essentially spontaneous, and the
images and forms which emerge from her paintings are rarely, if ever,
plotted out in advance. Instead, they unfold as part of the creative
process, pulled out of the primordial stew of memory, dream, history and
fantasy which comprise the artistís subconscious world. As a result,
their meanings and identities are often as mysterious to the artist as
they are to the viewer. Hence, Putterman invites us to plunge with her
into this world of glistening color and surging form. These may be
creatures of her imagination, but with a little swimming, they quickly
become ours as well."