Another World Inside the Walls recalls a fantasy world to which I would dream of escaping through the wall of my bedroom when I was a child. I wanted to evoke both the landscape as well as the emotional dream-like quality. A large grasshopper in the second panel invites looking for images and their juxtaposition. Throughout I’ve included images of Alice and the Caterpillar, famous of his “Who are you?” question, a series of 19th century European houses, a farmer woman holding back a cow in Julien Dupre’s painting In The Pasture, as well various passages from books regarding childhood, emotional development, and the role of imagination.
The style here reflects my research at the time into the work of Joan Mitchell and Willem de Kooning. Despite the strength of the influences, this was one of first paintings where I truly and deeply felt involved and invested in the process.
48 in by 80 in, acrylic and mixed media on masonite, 2012.
In Painting II, we had a project to create a still life of reflective objects that were silver or otherwise without a distinctive hue. I arranged a chrome gravy boat, a fork, a corkscrew, and a few other objects precariously and set to work. One of the greater difficulties was that the difference in light throughout the day, because two sides of the painting studio are full length windows. And then, three days before the painting was due the still life fell apart so that I had to put it back together. The reflections were now all rearranged. I painted furiously, working and reworking. The renewed physical energy and sense of urgency gave the painting a sense of life that it didn’t have before and it actually benefited from the mishap.
A series of monoprints using a handmade woodcut that I carved, derived from a photo of a collection of soda bottles. I selected three bottles from the photo and tried a variety of toxic methods of transferring the image to the surface of the wood. I ran a series of prints through the press, with too much pressure, and the woodblock split in half. This unexpected event allowed me to flip the top and bottom, creating a much more interesting image.
The titles are, left to right starting at the top: Bubble Pop Achicanoy, Bubble Pop David, Bubble Pop Arango, Bubble Pop Granado, Bubble Pop Colombia, Bubble Pop Gil, Bubble Pop Osorio, Bubble Pop Polo, and Bubble Pop Lopez.