Although paintings are done on a time continuum, like dreams they are outside of linear time. Some images come before the event they depict, and others are a portal to themes running for decades, journal entry, artist statement and insights from perspective over time. The images have been scattered through my abstract painting, small mixed media pieces and works on paper. Seeing them together is like lining up dreams or poems from several lifetimes. Over the years the themes and symbols incite new depth of reflection.
Paintings imagery most often arises of its own impetus, only later informing me of content. The space between things gets wider with awareness. Shamanism is woven through the lives as those who go between realities. Artists of all disciplines as well as children, until they learn better, naturally connect to the life energies around them.
All these paintings on paper are about relationships to self, reflected through relationships with others.
Late one night in Kyoto at a public bath in the entertainment area of Gion, in a beautiful old bathhouse a wall was constructed down the middle, compliments of American occupying troops, to separate the men from the women.
Once more a spacious desert-like expanse, but this time, a net stretches to the horizon. This mysterious net connotes connection, but also emptiness. Could this net infer a game? The word tennis is said to be derived from the French “take this,” when one player would serve the other.
In a dream, I am invited into a hot bath, with no way of entering the tub except folded up as if entering a funeral urn. The tub is supported off the checkered floor by four green frogs.