So, here it is – my first blog entry. My intention is to use this site as a way to keep my information current…which is so not what I did on my website. Ask anyone – I’d say “go to my website to get an idea of what it is I do, but my latest work isn’t on there yet…no, my class schedule or shows aren’t listed either.” I’m not what you’d call a technical whiz…I’m what you might call mini-neo-Luddite. But progress waits for no woman…
To get the ball rolling, here are a couple of photos of my latest work, abstract landscapes. Each has a story, which is another thing I can do here – give you the story behind my work. Hey – this might even be fun. Now you’ll have to excuse me because I need to go call my friends – they are not gonna believe this.
“The Walled City” – I have an undergraduate degree in history, which is where I learned medieval cities were walled…inside the wall, the city teemed with people and courtiers…on the outskirts were the people whose lives depended on the lord’s protection; but the people inside depended on those outsiders, too, for food and labor…beyond that were the fields and forests and there was always a river near the city for conveyance. When I made this, I thought how that was how our lives were set up – inside our “wall” we hold our nearest and dearest and our hopes and dreams…outside are the things that let us keep going; the river is a universal symbol of life’s journey.
“Metropolis” – inspired by Fritz Lang’s brilliant 1927 movie…it represents the corporate world’s attempt to infiltrate our lives and turn us into drones in soul-sucking jobs; giving us an existence by which they profit, using our labor and using us to buy the products we labor to create…leaving us surrounded by a cold, meaningless world. Happy, huh?