Here at the studio, I am working on a second tessera canvas. This one … pictured above … is still a work in progress, but is nearing completion.
The work is composed primarily of tessera from one painting that was chopped into pieces and reconfigured into an entirely new image, but it is nevertheless a reflection of the original work. Tessera from other paintings have been added, and like bits of memories that we call on to help us when telling a story, the new bits add depth and interest to the original. So too do the traumas, and joys and grief and love that we experience add color and texture to our memories.
While working on this piece, it was struck by how this image is like my interior vision of myself. I always seem to be stitching together a new version of myself to present to the outside world. Whatever it is I piece together might look solid and cohesive, but is in fact cobbled together with bits and pieces that have washed up on the shore of my life. I would suppose that most people find this to be true. But then again, maybe not. Maybe it is just that I have the time to mull over all this existential dreck while cutting up old canvases.
ART SHOW JUNE 2017
Ashby and I are really pleased with our co-operative show of paintings and sculpture in the Gallery of the Avon Pubic Library.
It looks fabulous !!! even if I do say so myself.
We are both blown away by the magical effect of our works hanging together.
If you have not yet been able to get by to view the show, I encourage you to make the time to stop in and enjoy the truly amazing effect of two artistic visions meeting.
The combination of Ashby’s and my work creates a wonderful synergy that enhances both my paintings and her sculptures.
In fact, it turns out that you will have some extra time to get in to see the show.
We have been asked to extend the show through the month of July.
So put it on your calendar and stop by during regular library hours.
For those of you that purchased work, I will plan to switch out your pieces at the end of June so that you can arrange to pick up your paintings.
I am actually hoping to produce some new work in similar sizes to those that have sold, in order to be able to make the change-over seamless.
We will wait to see how that works.
Many of you have expressed interest in my show of new work at the Avon Library. It is going to be up for the month of June this year. It is a joint show with my roommate from college … Ashby Carlisle.
Ashby is a sculptor and has an exciting body of work. She is currently working on wall hung sculptures that explore her fascination with the natural world of plant life.
She uses her expertise with paper, clay, and metal to create unique visions that draw one into her world. At the same time she plucks words and language from the cursive illusion of vines and roots and makes one question where words go once they are spoken.
I encourage you to go to her web site www.ashbycarlisle.com to learn more about her work.
We decided to call our show … MIXING IT UP … Our work resonates well together, and creates a nice visual treat when viewed side by side … an unanticipated melding of flavors.
While Ashby’s work is more abstract than mine, it is complimentary in her use of color and line. In addition, because her work is 3 dimensional, it creates a sense of movement and allows her to explore negative space … as do my 2 dimensional pieces.
We also discovered that we were both working toward a more whimsical artistic vision during this past year. That is not to say that the work has become fantastical, rather that it does not always present a vision of the real world.
Color has become an unexpected player in challenging ways. Line has taken on new forms that weren’t supposed to be that way.
And space has been manipulated to illustrate a different world … a world that is more uniquely ours.
It has been exciting to expand our artistic horizons in this way.
I have not abandoned representational work, but now work only from memory. This allows me to paint what is in my mind’s eye, rather than the the camera’s eye. The result has been a more challenging portfolio of images.
The show will be hung in the gallery of the Avon Library from May 30th through June 29th and can be viewed anytime during regular Library hours.
Our reception will be June 1st from 4.30 to 7.
We are looking forward to sharing our new work with you all.
ISLANDS OF THE MOON
I am happy to announce that I will be showing my new work for the month of November at the Avon Free Public Library. The library is on Country Club Rd in Avon CT.
There will be an Artist Reception on Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 5pm – 7pm.
The show will include only new work done since my last show 3 years ago. It represents a lot of change and evolution.
I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to show viewers my new pieces, and will be happy to see you on thursday evening, if you can make it.