This winter was spent looking and re-looking. These works represent this time of reflection and my dive deeper into soul and meaning. I am forever grateful to Chateau Orquevaux for this blessed time.
The early psychologists taught us that everything we see and experience is altered by our emotions and personal experiences.
The Impressionists taught us that the world we see and the colors within it are created by light bouncing off the receptors in our eyes.
I believe both of these thoughts have merit.
In this series I am merging these two ideas by exploring “seeing” and a sense of place through the use of color, movement, and feeling.
“Whither resorting from the vernal heat
Shall old acquaintance old acquaintance greet,
Under the branch that leans above the wall
To shed his blossom over head and feet.”
– The Rubaiyat of Omar Al Khayyam
I am drawing upon this deep cultural lineage of connection to others through sharing tea. Each used tea bag is dried, carefully opened and cleaned, then hand-stitched together, and preserved in beeswax. The red thread also symbolizes connection, not only to each other, but also to our ancestors.
My Humana Flora series uses this enigmatic and effusive form of communication as its base. Each piece has an inherent meaning told through the choice and placement of the flowers portrayed. Then, the flowers, painted in a more realistic style, float on a base of abstraction - the meeting of reality and the abstract, as in life.
Nature and humans have become far to separated, isolated, and thusly endangered. In these times of adaptation and survival, there is much to learn from the natural world.