This summer I was invited to participate in an artist residency at Root Studio in Maryland. The theme for the residency was Women and Independence. I embraced this by exploring how transformation and change have impacted my life. From the individual realm to the communal realm I believe that how we work with transformation in our lives impacts the world.
The moth is a powerful symbol of transformation. Moths have the ability to find light in the darkness. These images are clearly moths and not butterflies. I wanted to focus on unexpected beauty and strength rather than the obvious.
The paintings are 48” X 48”, acrylic on canvas. With the large canvas panels tacked directly to the wall I was able to work very physically and gesturally. This created a very joyful energy as I painted. My approach to these paintings was to let the images emerge from the surface. To me the translucence is powerful and the challenge became not over working the forms and layers.