Lens of Time
I am pleased and honored that this piece, which was in the exhibition River Deep Mountain High since January 2020, will now be part of the permanent collection at the University of Dundee's Lamb Gallery.
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David Waterson's "Nature Notes” inspired me to celebrate the intersection of our human perception of time and the cycles of the world around us. Waterson describes looking through a monocular lens, so by overlaying refraction patterns I hope to capture the mediated human gaze. After building the layers of wet and dry brush watercolor, I created the circle of gold leaf demarcations. As a circle, it echoes the cyclical and non-linear progression of time. Each mark is a season, and there are four hundred marks total, for the one hundred years that have passed since the original musing was published in 1920.
Cave Garden all started with a chaotic, joyous drawing. Which turned into a tangled hedge of lines that trapped my eye and made me think. Here, I follow my exploration of line-drawing and the creation of an intentionally dark space as chariots of the imagination, as well as maps back into the creative well.
In Dark Garden I explore tapping into creativity through darkness. Light and dark have been cornerstones of human symbolism throughout history, but in this work I reexamine a cursory view of darkness as only a foil for light. Many cultures, like the Incas and ancient Greeks, use the duality of light and dark in conjunction with male and female symbolism. I hope to highlight the feminine generative aspect of darkness, not a void, but, like dark matter, the chaotic web from which all light and life emerges.