Umbra – Penumbra Series
Working photographically for many years, I continue to explore and record my surroundings and environs today, mostly with an iPhone. In the past, I would re-interpret my photographs through mixed media works and installations. Currently, I am translating light, shadow, and movement, properties so basic to photography, through oils on canvas. My daily photographs serve as a starting point for the Umbra – Penumbra series, (the darkest area of a shadow - the shadow area that shifts into light). The meaning from one visual language (the source medium) to another visual language is changed by the action of painting. The viewer adds the third aspect of the visual communication process, interpretation.
Abstraction allows for a broader interpretation of an artwork's context. Disruptive Surrender is a reaction to being diagnosed with cancer and subsequent chemotherapy. Along with surfacing: 62+4, an earlier photographic interpretation of my experience, Disruptive Surrender is an off-kilter world that swirls with unknowns, while it simultaneously marks the tests and procedures that become routine, the minutia involved in tracking and measuring an disease. These artworks are a continuous process seeking a physical and mental equilibrium. They may create an entirely different reaction in the viewer, which is equally valid.
Oil on paper, charcoal, gesso, graphite, water soluble crayon, RF paint stick
40" x 53"
40" x 53"