Round composition V . I believe humankind has always sought some form of permanence, while at the same time being keenly aware that all of life is impermanent and nothing is fixed.
Ever changing, ever evolving into new forms, all of nature flows through its rhythms of change. Yet I revere that eternal moment of NOW, where we have the opportunity to grasp life's fullness and potential for beauty.
For several years now, the materials I use to paint are extracted colors from dried or fresh flowers and plants, spices, as well as natural minerals and stones. These materials are not local in origin, but rather come from various parts of the earth, and thus symbolically represent our global humanity. In some of my new work, in additional to the extracts previously mentioned, I've begun to use the actual dried or fresh petals and fragments of flowers. It was in the process of adhering these fresh elements that the fossil concept came to mind.
I love the idea that fossils are once living organisms that have been captured in time, and from our present perspective, permanently so. Here the shape of life, including its essences, feels indestructible. They are past NOWs frozen in time. From a philosophical perspective then, my work takes on the characteristics of future fossils that I have created to capture the vibrant, transient NOW.
Through the creative process my materials become co-creators of captured moments of my life that will endure beyond that moment. The fragility of my materials, such as flower petals, are just as fragile as my breath that sends my materials across the canvas, yet they gain strength and permanence as co-creators of the finished work of art. We become fossilized!
My show at:
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Art Center
NOVA Alexandria, Virginia
September 14th through November 4th, 2018
Exhibition Reception: Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 2-4PM
With solo Santour (traditional Persian instrument) music play
4915 East Campus Drive,
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