"One bough of bone across the rooting air" ink + color pencil 11" x 17"
       
     
Daphne Transforming: mixed media painting 48" x 48"
       
     
Daphne gets the Last Word: mixed media painting 36" x 60"
       
     
Daphne's Spring: mixed media painting 60" x 48"
       
     
"A process in the weather of the world..." ink + color pencil 11" x 17"
       
     
"A weather in the flesh and bone" ink + color pencil 11" x 17"
       
     
"One bough of bone across the rooting air" ink + color pencil 11" x 17"
       
     
"One bough of bone across the rooting air" ink + color pencil 11" x 17"

This exhibition explores the story of lovestruck Apollo, pursuing Daphne who escapes by turning into a tree. Because of my lifelong fascination with trees, this story was my introduction to Ovid’s Metamorphoses 25 years ago.

Daphne Transforming: mixed media painting 48" x 48"
       
     
Daphne Transforming: mixed media painting 48" x 48"

I wanted to focus on the dynamic chaos of this transformation, arteries and veins becoming branches and twigs. I was also inspired to revisit my interpretation of this story by a new poetic translation by my son Abe Frank, that opened my eyes to Apollo’s obsession with Daphne’s hair (mentioned 6 times), 

Daphne gets the Last Word: mixed media painting 36" x 60"
       
     
Daphne gets the Last Word: mixed media painting 36" x 60"

Even after she escapes him, Apollo claims her leaves (her transformed hair) as his trophy (laurel) wreath for all his future victories. I decided it was time to give Daphne the last word in this story, so I show her leaves creeping around and binding Apollo’s head a bit too tightly….

Daphne's Spring: mixed media painting 60" x 48"
       
     
Daphne's Spring: mixed media painting 60" x 48"

Rather than portraying her as trapped, in ‘Daphne’s Spring’ I show her transformation as a joyous leap into an unknown and novel form of existence.

"A process in the weather of the world..." ink + color pencil 11" x 17"
       
     
"A process in the weather of the world..." ink + color pencil 11" x 17"

This exhibition also included a series of works on vellum paper, a few of which appear here, which evoke transformation in a more abstract way, involving the coexistence of different overlapping forms, often anatomical.

"A weather in the flesh and bone" ink + color pencil 11" x 17"
       
     
"A weather in the flesh and bone" ink + color pencil 11" x 17"

 These drawings are also inspired by, and take their titles from, the words of Dylan Thomas, another poet for whom all is flux and transformation.