Exhibit runs August 26 2019 - May 31, 2020
This work is part of an ongoing series, titled 'Silence.' See more photos in my gallery.
The works in this series are all mixed-media; inclusions of graphite and ink are particular allusions to loss of function in my hands: Before my illness, pencil and pen were my tools of choice; as my illness progressed, use of such fine instruments became more difficult and painful. At that time, I let go of keeping a daily sketchbook and handwritten journal, and turned instead to more abbreviated art forms, which required less strain on my hands --abstract sketches in crayon, and poetry. As I regained some function in my hands, I re-learned to paint, and re-worked many of the early crayon sketches into paintings, on canvas. Several works in this series have my poetry from that time, written in pencil, ink, or both, beneath or between the layers of acrylic gesso and paint.