I went to see James Kerry Marshall's enormous show at the MET's Breuer in January this year and found it sensational. As of previously I have let favorite artists stimulate a sub-series in the on-going Inuit Influences
Seeing Black is a culmination of many things. In an effort to revive my Hunter Series of 2012 I came up with the idea of making the hunter's faces all derived from JKM's Self portrait as a Super Model. His use of black kindled my idea of using black gesso which can produce an amazing flat and neutral 'color', combined with white pencil proved to completely transform the previous work and produces a rather startlingly contrast . The eyes being somewhat realistic almost "steal the show" as they draw you in immediately. The yellow hair determines that it's a 3-way mix of racial identities as well as gender fluidity
I went through my inventory and selected more works that could also be transformed. Several pieces from the Amautik series have something new to say.
The Art Steering Committee contacted me last spring saying they loved my art, would I consider showing July 15th to September 13? How could I refuse! I selected 13 pieces. Their atrium space is contemporary and full of light. Great space for displaying art.
Inuit (aka Eskimo) art has a spiritual, organic and intrinsically animalistic manner that has resonated with me since making art in college. I love how it captures a childlike quality, the simplicity of form and its essence of the spirit of all things, called inua. Their belief in the liminality between humans and animals has kindled a powerful abundance of imagery in the forms of animals, shamans and the act of transformation.
The series Inuit Influences has been on-going for over 8 years. I reinterpret Inuit art images into contemporary, highly color saturated, textual paintings using a wide variety of mediums on paper. In an off-shoot series called Amautik I explored the relationship of mother and child and the round hood that bonds them. In the last two years I have added influences from some favorite artists such as Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch and Adolph Gottlieb.
Inuit Influences: from our collection is based on works from our Inuit art collection.
I am working towards layering, blending and merging diverse imagery and concepts with a goal of maintaining a certain joie de vivre all the while pursuing a quest for increased abstraction.
Last Thursday was the opening of the Roddy show at Concord Art Assoc. A very well attend event with a record number of applying artists. The wide variety of works are beautiful displayed . It's open until Oct. 20th
I am letting Adolph Gottlieb, my favorite abstract expressionist, influence me now. The sculpture here is one of our first pieces. It's showing a Shaman during a transformation process. I took a detail of a Gottlieb painting divided into two and flipped one side it to show duality/opposites. Amazingly the intersection of lines melded with the sculpture in a dynamic way.
While I have been pondering my next painting, I have been reworking some old paintings. There's a huge advantage to having work around the house so given time I can figure out what it 's final state of being should be.
Inuit Influences is an ongoing series I have been working on for 7 years.
The images of Inuit artists are reinvented/reinterpreted into contemporary, highly color-saturated and textural paintings on paper. I use a wide variety of mediums to create the desired effect.
I try to maintain the Inua (spirit of all things) that was vested into the originals. This would include keeping the imagery somewhat raw, instinctual and with a pronounced sense of naiveté.
Carrying over from last year I continued working on the Inuit/Calder Influences series ,one of many sub series. It’s a simple concept of layering/merging/blending the images of Calder with Inuit ones.
Visiting Scandinavia last summer rekindled my love of Edvard Munch so I started yet another sub-series, Inuit/Munch Influences. I used his work to set a much different tone and create a higher contrast to Inuit imagery. I heavily borrowed from his palette Munch kept returning to the same themes. I like to do that too.
Up to date work: Inuit Influences: from our collection. I am using a looser style, freely interpreting the sculptures I see everyday.
Currently, not only am I on the Invaluable website but I have joined Artlery, a new way of finding artists and their works.
Last year Jessica Steigerwald asked me to be on Art Talk, a local cable show produced by LexingtonMedia. It will be broadcast on the Lexington cable network in April. But why wait? It is available on their On Demand service by clicking here. I talk about what inspires me, my technique and process and discuss my series Inuit Influences/Calder.