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26 November 2010 @ 01:00 pm
Reconciling, Opening Dec 2, 2010  
So here is the show, grouped into their series.

"Attributes (helmets)"

"Fallacies (animals)"

"Holes in the Ground (culverts)"

Here's a short statement I wrote for the show.

We sometimes project our own traits onto objects, animals or places in an effort to understand the things that elude our understanding. We sometimes create stories, imagine histories and craft elaborate connections to better recognize, accept and reconcile with our fears, dreams and natures. These tendencies can be both comforting and scary, allowing us to reveal ourselves or further slip into denial. Interesting associations can form as we negotiate our own emotional responses.

As is usual for me, these paintings were both exhilarating to make, and exhausting. I think I'll be spending some quality time in Cello Land for a bit. I haven't made a long term trip to that equally exhausting and exhilarating place and I think I could use the change of pace. Also, there's less clean up needed.
The Rev: sargentthe_reverand on November 27th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
Wonderful. The "Fallacies (animals)" are my favorite, and it might just be because they include figures, but I just really love the imagery. The red faces are still my very favorite. EDIT: OH GOSH! How did I not see the tiny swimmers??? Those are fantastic. You've rendered them and their water legs so well!

I love the grassy and branchy helmets, the grass in particular as it reminds me of grasses around here, like I could just find that helmet out forgotten in the back yard.

The culvers I like because I've always been a bit fascinated and terrified by them, haha.

Best of luck on your opening! And your cello land time. :)

Edited at 2010-11-27 04:06 am (UTC)
Consistently Misplacing Timemrs_scarborough on November 28th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
I never paid much attention to culverts until I moved down to the south. Down here, with the torrential thunderstorms, I started to hear news stories on people getting trapped and drowning in those things.

It has sort of stuck ever since, and I moved down here in 1998!

The fact that you're terrified of them too is... well... awesome.
The Revthe_reverand on November 29th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
There is a big thing in the woods across the street... it might not technically be a culvert but it allows water from one very big pond to run beneath the road and across to another very big pond. I guess it's mostly for overflow, but it's really large and concrete and very deep and our dogs like to swim in that pond and I frequently imagine them going over into it with the flow of water and who knows what. I've had nightmares about falling into it myself.
Consistently Misplacing Timemrs_scarborough on November 29th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
I don't even like them very much when they are above ground. I've been trying to figure out how I feel about the ones that have bars and guards to keep people from falling in. Sometimes, I think they would keep people in!
pergamentapergamenta on November 29th, 2010 06:50 am (UTC)
Congratulations! And best of luck with the show. Wish I could go see these in person.

I like the culverts. They don't frighten me, maybe because for me they evoke childhood stories (fairy tales, fantasy novels) about secret underground passages to other worlds and other realities... All my early dreams were of escape so I imagine it might be nice to disappear down one of those holes.

The animals, on the other hand, I find disturbing and difficult to look at.
Consistently Misplacing Timemrs_scarborough on November 29th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the well wishes! I hope it goes well too and thank you for your comments. That's interesting that the culvert seem a very neutral thing even in paintings. the_rev and I find them scary, and you find them fun, and you both get that same feeling from the paintings. Perfect!