Sibylline Cabinet, 60 x 48 inches
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My arrangements of hardedged shapes build a stabilized and defined architecture for viewing and better understanding the complexities of emotion and the workings of the psyche. In some pieces I use washes to create transparent/translucent areas that serve a couple purposes. One is to indicate ingoing/outgoing energy or light by extending rays off the edge of the canvas to engage the picture beyond the framework. Another function of the washes is to make gauzy swathes that symbolize bandages for healing, or cocoon-like strips that make a delicate space for transformation. Often behind these see-through areas are a lot of chaos, marring and scrawls, making a window into the storminess and unanchored energy behind the surface. This also works as a metaphor for an actual phase of metamorphosis in which the interior of the cocoon is literally an undefined swirling pool. Tangent to the bandage idea, I also use metallic antique gold paint to make “golden joinery” as is used in the Japanese art of Kintsugi in which breakage and repair are viewed as part of our history that make us painfully beautiful.
Color blocks create anchors, to harmonize the palette and give the eye a place to rest, calibrate, and stabilize. Strong vertical and horizontal lines also provide a secure framework for examining the esoteric messages of the overall piece. Sharp, graphic linework inspired by tribal markings helps bridge areas of the picture as well as adds strength and conviction. Some of the reoccurring symbols include arches, pipes, circles, gates, rays, prisms, filaments, leaves, triangles, and faux 3-d—used to describe connections, magic, growth, life force, light flow and soul fire.