Sunday, October 26, 2014
Jacob and the Angel
This enigmatic Old Testament episode suggests to me the interconnectedness of opposing forces:
Human vs. Divine
Chaos vs. Clarity
Victory vs. Defeat
Fear vs. Desire
Ordeal vs. Play
The disparate elements in the paintings interact with these opposing forces to create a strangeness, a density of perception that is necessary for making a painting.
Jacob and the Angel (a glimpse) 30”x40” charcoal/paper
Jacob and the Angel I 40”x30” oil/canvas
Jacob and the Angel II 36”x48” oil/canvas
Jacob and the Angel III 36”x48” oil/canvas
Saturday, June 15, 2013
I began this series with a full size reproduction in oil on linen of a Kurdish carpet I couldn’t afford to buy. Then I painted 2 variations of another carpet that was out of my price range. Of course the textile-ness is missing but I get to enjoy their presence and converse with the original designers in a sense. I am particularly enamored with the way the weaving process makes for irregularities in the pattern, the “wobbly elements” as a carpet dealer called them. Once I gave these elements free rein they took off in many directions.