Sunday, March 28, 2010

Splitting the World Open

Looks are deceiving here--someday, I'll get the technology figured out. The square paintings are 18"x18" and the rectangular are 18"x27". I haven't decided the order of the paintings yet. The process started for each painting as a rubbing of items that were symbolic of my childhood and the things that hook us as adults so that we go back to that child self. I was looking for transcendence and transformation. The title comes from a Muriel Rukeyser quote: What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.

Aditi: Fertility

Aditit: Fertility 33"x33"

This is the version post posting on InnerIdeaArtists website. It is more finished now. I'm not touching it anymore. But I must say, it's a little like revising writing. As long as a painting stays in the studio, it's subject to revision. Once it's out the door, it's done. One must make a conscious effort to not put more paint on the canvas. To say yes to the finished work.