When I decided to create artworks on the theme of global peace and dialogue for an exhibition in Turkey, I was launched from painting landscapes into a new world. After a month of sketchbook work and research, black and white seemed the obvious and only choice for these images, so I reluctantly gave up my sumptuous oil paints.
Two concerns with working in b/w presented themselves: firstly, I find b/w rather stark and cold; additionally, I dont like framing that separates the viewer and the work, with glass. Drawing on unprimed canvas solved both of these issues as raw canvas was a warm-sepia in tone and didnt require glass.
After years of oil painting, I can achieve a sense of form in my work. However, my drawing work has had a flat quality with which I wanted to experiment. The technical issue of achieving structure became my goal in what had now become a series in my mind. Books have a simple structure that can be manipulated and were the perfect objects to work while developing form.
As the days of thought and scribbled sketches passed, the next consideration grew: what message do I want to convey in this work? Humans begin imitating, hours after birth and are, thus, a mimetic species; what can I add to the issue that would be worthwhile? Although I am well-intended, this is a growing process for me and I truly am journeying into unknown territory.
Symbols and Their Meanings in My Work
1. Reading glasses the desire to see, to understand, to know
2. Ankh timeless, eternal
3. Globe universal, planetary concerns
4. Pitcher nourishment, resources
5. Cattails peace and prosperity
6. Books knowledge and understanding
7. Trees life
8. Water well-being
9. Distant hills considering the 7th generation
10. River to cross changing an attitude
11. Twin trees union of inner opposites
12. Dark sky awaiting illumination