Out of the relatively calm juxtaposition of images in Art History Lesson grew new paintings in which a much more chaotic meeting of images takes place, from diverse sources ranging from landscape to childhood memories, the Bible and art history, through the evening news. A double theme that simmers beneath and above the surface of these paintings is my life as mother to soldiers and daughter to an aging (now late) father.
I attempted to work on these paintings without a clearly defined composition or plan, without conscious understanding. Yet amidst the confusion lies the wish to tell a story, or more accurately stories, some of them bearing a ruptured, illogical, even violent turn – coexisting with a yearning for beauty, belonging and meaning.
Here are the first four of the ongoing series (to be updated as it progresses):