I want to share a few process shots of my new work, Deracinate (Youth), "in action." The title was inspired by my friend, Charlie Schroder's project Wordbowl http://wordbowlbymscharlies.com/2013/09/18/deracinate/. (stay tuned, I am collaborating with Charlie, and others, on an exhibit in NYC this Fall)
This is a large scale work, approx. 108"h x 51"w, and the following visuals give an idea of how I work out (literally and figuratively!) creating these pieces and also the scale difference between tableaux and paper. "The big picture" is always pitted against "the details." And with the details constantly shifting, as the models decay and rearrange themselves, I have to make decisions about which will stay and which will go in order to inform the bigger, conceptual whole.
You'll notice I am using a carrot to apply the actual raw pigment...let's just say it wasn't a perfect experience as the turpentine I used later turned the nice orange color to an acid yellow. Not all experiments need to end up on the table though so I finished the color work with traditional oils (I used Arches oil paper for this piece).
Below is the final work and a photo of the work hanging with others in the Subjection series from the "Best of Marin" pop-up exhibit last month.
A note on more conceptual elements: The term Deracinate essentially means to be "uprooted" and this work shows two wrinkling parsnips "taking" or uprooting a carrot, Youth. The shadow plays Time here and as the shadow changed on the wall, I changed the artwork's shadow. I tried to leave a trace of the past though by not erasing or completely covering marks from previous days' work. I feel it shows the process and choices I made throughout the art's creation and lends a more challenging interface for me.
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