If the meaning of baptism could be boiled down to one word, that word would be identification. Baptism speaks primarily of a personal, public identification that is to many individuals representational of a new beginning. According to most contemporary lexicons, the primary meaning is “to dip, plunge, immerse.” The secondary meaning is to “bring under the influence”. One can baptize themselves through the immersion of sensual stimuli that captivates and promotes a sense of rebirth.
In this piece entitled “Baptism”, my passion for expressing how a woman can come through the most horrific sequence of events to thrive in a “rebirthing” of self and self-discovery. The color variations of the water depict the calmness and peace in knowing and experiencing faith
and believing in real hope.
Drowning In Emotions
Perhaps more realistic in the traditional sense “Drowning In Emotions”, is a portrait in nature. As such, it is softened considerably through abstraction. There is an appreciation of the rhythm and separation of light and dark. To borrow the words of a recent curator’s review, this “establishes a complex figure-ground relationship.” It is more emotionally charged rather than existing as formal figure study. It is meant to drive you to a place deep within much like the subject of the piece appears beneath the depth of the water. The darkness of the water coupled with the question of whether she is rising or falling, creates a sense of insecurity amidst the obvious sense of the unknown. Yet her face thrives with vibrant color and intensity that could only represent self awareness and victory over adversity and conflict.
Through the use of organic soft pastels on natural canvas I have discovered a unique method of creating rich depth, vibrant hues, and distinct texture. This provides a visual experience for the viewer that prompts a certain receptive emotion and promotes storytelling. It’s easy to overlook the large role colors play in our daily lives. They influence our mood and decisions, they can attract or repel attention and we designate and organize things based on their hue. Art is therapeutic in so many ways and when we bring color to the forefront,
For this piece entitled, “Overwhelmed” the “bits of intense color variation and hard-edged contours in the water running down over the face give the piece its graphic appeal.” These were the words of an art curator who recently reviewed my works and they are quite accurate in my intention. While the image could be seen as sensual, the introduction of the water is not to be viewed as a subtle inclusion or variant, but as an overwhelming sensory element. The water is a representation of how any one event in an individual’s life can come over them like a wave. The sensations that each emotion involved can be such that one is truly overwhelmed.
My goal has always been for art to be an expression, which invokes emotion. My inspiration comes from observations of water and how it can give life and can take life. It reflects beauty while sustaining vast amounts of beauty. A great deal of my work involves women. Women are better in recognizing expression of emotions, the very thing I am hoping to invoke. The female advantage in emotion recognition becomes even more apparent under conditions of rapid stimulus presentation. Hence the water
and it’s play.
BEST OF SHOW
Currently at the Milan Gallery
Fort Worth, Texas
Black and White reference photo with permission-CCO