Without taking sides in the debate about the origins of life, I interpret a story of creation in “Evolution Theory,” a series of large paintings featured at WITF Public Media Station in Harrisburg now through July 30.
My show “Evolving Naturally” features the seven mixed media canvases that comprise “Evolution Theory” as well as 17 photographs from the “Natural Patterns Collection” and two additional paintings based on nature and change.
A womb-like, circular theme begins in the primordial swirls and energy burst of Evolution Theory I and continues through to the organized world in Evolution Theory VII. The circle is a design element I use often in my work.
I built each painting in layers, beginning with a thick layer of light molding paste applied with my hands. I worked on three canvases simultaneously because I had to allow for drying time between each layer on each canvas. Between layers, I used interference coats and materials such as aluminum foil, into which she drew; cheesecloth; modeling pastes to make raised motifs and symbols; dried flowers from our 2009 garden; my handmade papers and models of the hands and feet of family members. At least one abstract hand appears in each canvas.
Of all the paintings and series of work I have made, this is my favorite. I am still amazed, really, that I completed them in just under six months, especially since the creation of each canvas was an intuitive process. There are no sketches.
A passion for experimentation in art and exploration of the outdoors led to the “Natural Patterns Collection.” In this series, I blend the science of motion and the art of photography.
Each of the photographs could have been a representation of a specific scene; however, my goal was to use the technical capabilities of the cameras and my skills as an artist to ‘paint with light.’ The goal is to express movement, reflection, texture and vivid color in photographs using an overall style similar to the Impressionist painters, whose work I admire.
Open to the public, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5p.m., WITF Media Center is located at 4801 Lindle Road in Harrisburg. During those hours, the public may view the work. Please do call to arrange an appointment as it is a secure building. The telephone number is (717) 704-3000 or (800) 366-9483.
You are also invited to join me at a reception on July 29 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the center.