36 x 24 inches, acrylic on linen
This piece was painted over an older work. Turning it vertical, I started by repainting blue ground over the entire thing, and the piece evolved in a measured, intimate way. I started imagining myself within the painting, down in the left lower corner, among pines, tenting as night was falling. Sometime after the piece was finished, I discovered a poet, new to me, Aroniawenrate or Peter Blue Cloud or, as he preferred, just Blue Cloud (1933–2011). “Camp” is a poem that I found in his book, Clans of Many Nations. His poem embodied, in my mind, the thrust of this painting. I like to think that the act of creating the painting led me to this provocative and important Mohawk artist and poet.
Coming and Going, 2021
36 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas
A painting which is about chance ... It feels hopeful and like a marriage of gesture and narrative. At certain times of the year, in early mornings on my drive into town, I can catch the moon setting in the west and the sun, in my rearview mirror, rising in the east. Such a joy in witnessing these two heavenly bodies at the same time. The painting also speaks to me about our own human comings and goings, the cycles of life.
NOT FAR FROM THE TREE, 2021
36 x 48 inches, acrylic on linen
This piece is painted over another work, and feels layered in both paint and substance. It came at a time when I was thinking of familial relationships with my parents, daughters, grandchildren and, at the time of the painting, another grandchild gestating. How our paths are so similar and so markedly different at the same time … The continuing story of our history.
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