This is the newest piece in my "Consciousness" series. With my abstract pieces I like the viewer to first connect to it in whatever way their nature chooses, then I offer a description if desired. I personally connect to abstract art through metaphors and other types of non-literal connections.
This image is derived from the image of a forrest that was then mirrored, turned upside down, and further adjusted. I thought that was particularly appropriate for a show titled Arraigada which means "rooted" in english. I also think that the use of trees and nature to create my over all composition ties in with the idea of consciousness because it is ever evolving and growing. Nature takes in whatever man-made objects or hurdles are put in it's way, it embraces it, and it grows on with that object or hurdle forever a part of it. There are many aspects of nature, and trees in particular, that connect metaphorically to my idea of consciousness.
This week our all female show titled Arraigada opens! Arraigada means "rooted" in spanish and it has become a descriptive word we (meaning Daniela Izaguirre, Carolyn Hepler-Smith, and I) use for women in our lives that are particularly "rooted" and special to us. We got some amazing submissions and the show is going to be fantastic. I finished my large piece a few weeks ago and it will be in the show. I will post photos once I get some good ones at the gallery. Its an interesting coincidence that so far all 3 of my paintings in my current series titled Consciousness are images based on trees and Carolyn suggested the title of the show be a spanish word for "rooted" without knowing that. The word describes the common threads in our work and it became the basic theme for the entire show.
So we are installing the show tonight (Wednesday) and the reception is Friday! I can't wait!
I recently finished a landscape commission and am currently working on two other commissions with a third in the works. One of my current commissions is also a landscape featuring the Eiffel Tower, the other is a design for a headstone that houses and displays an urn. It should be pretty interesting! That's a new challenge for me.
In regards to my own work, I have laid out the composition and am ready to start painting my next piece. Its 24"x72" and, like its predecessor, will have a black and white counterpart that is it's mirror image. I will post pics and a description at a later date when it is close to, or totally, finished.
I am also working on putting a show together. A lot is still up in the air and I will start to have a better grip on the plans once we find a place. The dates will depend on our locations' availabilities. So far the show will feature my friend Daniella and I, but we are talking to two other girls about joining us. We're leaning toward focusing on the feminine as a theme as all of our work is feminine in some aspect. It'll take some hard work but hopefully we get good dates, a good location, and can attract a decent crowd.
I decided to paint a black and white version to be hung next to my first one. I decided that it needed it's counterpart, it's shadow. I've been thinking a lot about alternate universes and how that corresponds to fate. These are a reflection of that idea. It needed a completing element.
Below is the statement I used in our group show called Et.Al. from May 17-22 2013.
The gray areas in life require acceptance and adaptability to be able to move forward. When things are all one way or another, it’s difficult to see all the alternatives or possibilities. Typically branches getting trapped in the trunk make knots in trees. Whether the branches are dead or alive, they are catalysts that create this anomaly. Trees take in whatever impales them, becoming a part of them forever and growing around it. I use the knot in the tree as a symbol for being “in the middle” and living in the gray. This something I have learned to do and by continuing to live with an open mind, I gain and learn more. I take what comes, good or bad, and it becomes a part of me; embracing things in a positive way and then growing on like the nature of a tree.
I combined abstraction with geometric elements while referencing an organic element. I use Photoshop to create a graphic quality using specific mathematics. The systematic process takes me out of the equation of developing the look of the image. It requires labor and time and every move is planned; I know what I need to do. My time is spent focusing on very small, specific singular areas and in the end the piece represents a larger cohesive whole that is emotional in its construction
This is a piece I'm currently working on. Sorry for the fuzzy photo! I'm at a point where I need to make a decision: I either need to fill int he lower right corner completely white to give the idea of the piece disintegrating into nothingness or I need to fill in all the current white spots with the darkest color to give some depth to the shape/piece as a whole.
The original idea of this piece is sort of the opposite of the disintegrating idea; the image is derived from a photo of a knot in a tree which speaks to the idea of embracing experiences, good or bad, as a part of you and moving forward. Knots in trees are made from branches, dead or alive, getting stuck in the larger branch or trunk, thus creating a knot but the tree continues to grow around it. However, I slap believe that a big part of life (mine in particular) is allowing plans to be changed and then embracing THAT as well.
So... basically I can't decide!