When I received my inspiration image for this show, I immediately identified with the repetitive patterns shaped by endless lines and gorgeous colors.
I was very intrigued that my image was actually an aerial photo of rice terraces located in China.
I researched a bit and found out that the glorious palette of colors that so many of them seem to have, are actually reflections of their particular surroundings and constantly change as your visual angle changes-there is no color in the water. Terraced farming is intertwined with its surrounding ecology, covers vast amounts of land and even to this day, uses traditional practices of massive, ritualized human effort. While rice terraced farming is sustainable and green, I found out that it requires huge concentrations of people to work them, conditions of living are nearly inhospitable and their existence is restricted by necessity. I, now, look at a bowl of rice quite differently.
Obsession, as defined in the dictionary, is “an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person's mind”. Flirting is defined as “To deal playfully, triflingly, or superficially with”
So, I titled my piece “Flirting With Obsession”. A lyrical interpretation, paralleling regimen with complete freedom, and randomness.
I use fun, bright colors, patterns and endless curvy shapes that represent my initial reaction of fun patterns and bright colors, but as you look further, you’ll find ordered patterns and rough surfaces which symbolize the reality underneath all that beauty. Click here to view images larger
This gallery wrapped, canvased Diptych, hangs close together measuring 48"x60". Materials I used include: plaster, rice, abalone, glass, rope, recycled plastic and acrylic. It is available for sale at Ciel Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina $1500. Will ship any where.