Acrylic on canvas with gifted objects
40”H x 28”W x 2”D
New York, NY - United States
A famous musician born in the 1950's in the Bronx in New York always wore his bracelets and necklaces on stage until they broke and fell off. He considered them good luck juju, revolving around the idea of the luck and fortune portions of juju. His bracelets and necklaces held the energy of thousands of hours playing shows in many countries globally. He had spent a lifetime touring and playing to thousands of spectators and his home was the stage. When the jewelry finally fell off, usually on stage, he would collect them. He then gifted some to the artist for this painting.
In this artwork one can see a musician wrapped in the coats and iconography of his culture and beliefs. His all-seeing earth eye encompasses the global stage of our planet. One eye is closed, the lashes likened to barbed wire, painted with beauty but indicating the pain he has seen amongst the beauty.
His hands are wound playfully through the strings of the bass. The brightly colored strings continue down to wind through the neck of the bass, which is centered in the spine of a woman lying with her head on a red cushion. There is a droplet of blood in the tear of her spine as her body commits wholly to holding the neck of the bass upright. On her cushion there are religious motifs, and beside her is a large green Tiki: a symbol strongly associated with the origin of the procreative act and fertility.
The woman also sees with one all-seeing eye, from another culture and with symbols of her culture and beliefs. Wrapped around her waist are sexual waist beads, gifted to the artist from a woman who traveled back to West Africa to heal herself of cancer. These beads were worn to help with sexuality, fertility, love making, and to cure medical problems.
Behind the musician and the woman with the bass in her back is the landmark of New York city bathed in rich skyline tones, yet in front of the city, is a golden sea of loaves and fishes; an extension of what the musician's all-seeing eye has seen in the lifetime of this gifted International Bass Player.
Acrylic, Glaze, Gifted Objects, Mosaic, Plastic and Neon on Canvas, Paper, Plastic and Other