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.
This image arose from a family journey through a Southwest Navajo reservation when our daughter was small. The inhabitants there wondered about my husband’s tribe for his extreme height and facial features.
A jester kneels dressed in gold and black stripes from the dark corner shining a light over the net of a silver court. Court jester, holy fool and trickster is the only one to speak the truth to the king and get by with it.
One night walking with my young daughter on a country road a white owl silently streaked across our path. All else fell away in the soundless gust across our stunned faces.
Archetypes are universal, across all cultures, yet have a deeply personal essence to be explored as we often do not acknowledge, consciously or unconsciously, those with which we are most intimate. These constructions of our basic drives, foibles, and potentialities are core to human behavior. Greek myths offer classical expressions of archetypal behavior, some convoluted and dramatic and some more subtle, all have psychological truth in the context of the human psyche. In marking we are particularly interested in the archetypes that govern us and our culture as they are the currency of all the arts.
This week we experienced shapeshifting field-trips: Robert guided us to feel into stone-ness, Marjorie had us holding a regret as we ran our finger through water offering a subliminal catalyst for release.