This is a series of 8X8″ mini paintings (watercolor, woodstain, acrylic,), varnish, rocks, and flowers all covered loosely with sheer fabric that contains recreated drawings from my treatment sketchbooks. I am continuing the idea of a curtain. I have reversed it from previous works where the curtain hid pain and have kept the traumatic moments faint but tried to make them in the forefront as a pleasing part of the whole. I find the works Niki de Saint Phalle encouraging in that as she evolved through her traumas into a more content person her artwork went with it, becoming joyful and bright. Also, Eva Hesse is similar in saying:
“I think art is a total thing. A total person giving a contribution. It is an essence, a soul.. In my inner soul art and life are inseparable.”
Sometimes my art spoke of my feelings when I didn’t know what they were.
Thesis Draft 3
This is what it’s all about!
Titles are tentative on these and function mostly for identification. As I hang these and examine them for the first time I filled with emotion and ideas moving forward. I feel Explosive #3 is near done. However I am going to some play with mirrors in Explosive #2. I also am feeling a pull to do some over painting on #2 to unify it a bit more. I am excited. I get a-lot of energy from the work that goes into these.
Explosive #3 detail
Explosive #2 detail
In Explosive #1 I may try a mirror addition behind but I like this piece it will be stretched however, I may leave the most destroyed lower right corner loose…..
Explosive #1, 6’9″ X 4′
Palo Verde #1, 6′ X 2.5″
detail PV 1
Palo Verde #2, 4’4″ X 3′ 11″
detail PV 1
Palo Verde #1 will be stretched to emphasize the mirror shape. I plan to include more painted contrast. (details below).
Palo Verde #2 is getting close I’m enjoying the texture, movement and smell of this one.