Free Fall Flow , exhibited at the Katzen Museum, features my most recent body of work, bringing together ink and pencil drawings on vellum and canvas with large-scale sculptural work.
The title is a line from the song Yes, the River Knows by the Doors. It could be an alternative title for Ovid’s Metamorphoses (8 A.D.), a primary inspiration in my artistic practice. Ovid’s “perpetual poem” is a free flow, a stream of transformations. I am fascinated by the concept of perpetual flux and the instability of form.
My work has shifted from toward a looser, diluted and more abstract language.
I see metamorphosis as a state in which multiple forms co-exist.
Translucent materials- inks, vellum paper, thin papier-mâché – enable the accumulation of visual layers, so that different forms can overlap within the same space.
Part of my shift towards a more abstract language involves my increasing use of motion in splashing and pouring ink onto canvas and paper. That motion is visible in the vellum pieces, like Blue Morpho Dance or Swoop.
Flight is suspended from the ceiling, continually turning in very slow motion with the currents of air. The play of light and shadow as it moves is magical.
With the sculptural works, I continue the techniques I developed in ‘Vessels of Light’, but working towards larger and more amorphous and organic shapes.
I am excited by the luminosity of these sculptures, as well as the play of light and shadow.
It is almost as though the third dimension is light.
Tree Mask is wall-mounted, creating intricate shadows.
In my most recent piece, Ondine, I return to a favorite figure of Ovid’s, the water nymph. Ondine appears simultaneously solid and liquid, human and imaginary.
I begin these delicate paper works with motion – splashing, pouring and manipulating different types of ink.
I continue to work in ink and color pencil on vellum, increasing the scale and complexity.
With the ‘Blue Parrot Tulip’ series I continue my ‘WildFlowers’ work and my fascination with metamorphoses.
Based on actual flowers, they conjure imaginary hybrid forms that contain elements of different species.