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