(9)- 12"w x 12"h x 1 7/8" each sealed with polyacrylic (edges painted white)
To be human is to feel, to love passionately, to regret, to mourn, to celebrate, to partake in life, to fight with everything in our being to simply be able to breathe the air of freedom. For so many of us to be human presents itself through the constant fight every day to simply exist. It is the perennial struggle to matter… to be heard… the lone voice in the cacophony of life. Each of us has our own unique story to tell. And through my art is how I tell mine. The underlying foundation of my work deals with these transitory, fragmented moments in life and thus, this particular piece reflects the ongoing theme of my work and the inspiration behind the notion that we are “Universally Connected”-all things. The idea of using “nature” as a symbol to the struggles that all things undergo is often employed in my artwork. With any growth in life, both beauty and chaos are intricately intertwined. Like the flower that graces us with its ephemeral splendor, there is both fragility and strength that encompasses it. And though often, one admires the beauty, the elegance, the simplicity of the flower and all that it radiates; one must also appreciate the chaos, the struggles for the blooms to occur to respect the entirety of the flower. In this painting, the opposing factors of fragility and chaos are indicative of the gentle outlining of the shapes and the soft palette chosen, juxtaposed with deep grooves and marks. Each panel becomes a representative of a particular evolving “moment”, all the while cohesively enabled to make up the totality of the whole painting; a whole flower.
Acrylic, inks. charcoal, polyacrylic