mixed media: 2020
AN EVER CHANGING CONSTANT, Mixed Media: Graphite, Oil Pastel, Tusche and Encaustic
. . . the only work I
started and completed
during Covid in 2020.
'An Ever Changing Constant' was created in response to an invitation to participate in an exhibition curated by Southwest Michigan artists, Anna Z ILL and Maryellen Hains: The Equinox Exhibition.
The usual focus of my artwork is landscape and the spirituality of the landscape. In my work I look to reveal the landscapes shy and quiet presence and my reverence for it.
I moved my eyes from the earthly landscape and looked up to an object I often see in the night’s sky. I knew that the Equinox happens twice a year and is a time when our planet experiences 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness.
To learn more I researched what ancient mythology and spirituality had to reveal regarding beliefs and practices that related to the Equinox. I learned that ancient people looked upon the Equinox as a heavenly representation of the struggle between light and dark and a representation of the struggle between life and death.
During the months of the Covid pandemic we all have had to experience isolation in some form. Like most everyone I had been isolated from friends, family and from my creative colleagues.
Through this isolation I found myself sinking into a deep funk, a dark place . . .
The invitation to be part of the exhibition helped me to recover a bit from what I was now calling my covid funk. The invitation encouraged me to create a series of images that, in the end result, helped to move me from a place of darkness to a place with the promise of light.
WEST MICHIGAN AREA SHOW 2021
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
314 Park Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Juror: Larry Ossei-Mensah