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Noreen Sadue
Noreen Sadue

Departure, acrylic, 5.5 x 5.5 inches, 2009

Noreen Sadue is an artist and teacher who has lived and taught in the Plattsburgh area since 1991. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Northeast in multiple solo and group shows. Her career as an educator spanned over 30 years during which time she taught many art disciplines at the high school level. She has also been employed as an adjunct professor of Photography at Plattsburgh State University. Recently retired, she enjoys gardening and pursuing creative endeavors. She received her B.F.A. from New York Institute of Technology, Long Island and her M.A. in Painting and Printmaking from Goddard College, Vermont.

About Departure Noreen writes:
The most profound experience of my life was being present at the moment of my mother’s death. Although she endured a life of physical pain, the moment of her transition out of the physical world seemed effortless and peaceful. I cannot find words to explain or describe what I witnessed as she took her last breath and the moments immediately following, but I can say the experience left me more at peace in accepting and contemplating my own mortality. Departure signifies the act of transitioning from the physical world without defining or suggesting what happens after life ends. I chose to create a space for the viewer in which to contemplate or interpret their own thoughts about this transition.