~Photo Courtesy of Masha Zhivago Copyright 2011
My current work, Weathering Veins, uses the idea of “weathering” (changing over time and exposure) as a metaphor for the cycles of life and all that it means to be human. Weathering represents the accumulation of our experiences past and present (what happens to us and how it impacts us). We are seasoned by the exposure. We are living and dying at the same time and every moment transforms us. The weathering effects of life’s elements constantly reshape and color who we are and how we view the world. We are always becoming, emerging. Even in death we are changing. The homophones vein, vain, and vane, represent our physical, psychological, and spiritual nature and their subjugation to life itself (that is, what we become).
Painting is the process of giving birth to oneself over and over. Evolving over time, I too am processed through this act of creation.
This series began in 2006 as an exploration of how I have been affected by my experiences, physically, psychologically, and spiritually, using colors, shapes, and elements of the human form as symbols representing my own metamorphoses. At the opening of Weathering Veins, in 2009, I was surprised by how many people found it difficult to look at the images as metaphor. A powerful discovery which led to the idea I could use the imagery to literally discuss the idea of something physical as a more direct means of communicating my thoughts about the ultimate physical transformation, organ donation.
During a solo exhibition of Oracles & Vessels in 2011, I created an event bridging the chasm between the public and contemporary abstract art while bringing awareness to The Kansas & Missouri Organ Donation Registries. As my work evolves so to does this idea of transformation and the physical, spirtitual and psychological nature of life in this place and time continue to be encompassing elements of even my more abstract works. I envision my art as a series of challenges to people’s ideas about quality of life, death and aging. I want the over sized scale to provoke thoughts and emotions about things that are larger than life. We are more than our molecules. We are simultaneously mind, matter, and spirit . . . and any one sliver of time is only one moment in our becoming.