Friday, December 08, 2006

Art update...the SHAPE...


The newest in a long, endless series of paintings dealing with the SHAPE and lines connecting it, over and over and over.....
I have about a thousand ideas related to this specific type of mark-making. I LOVE making these lines, I love drawing the shape....




So let's talk a little bit about this shape, shall we? In my paintings, it originated as a leaf, and has abstracted itself to this perfect, curvilinear form. I do think of it as the 'eye/leaf' shape, especially when describing my current work to folks who haven't seen it yet. I find myself drawing this form into every single drawing, painting and doodle my hand is set to. In a deeper context, I use this shape to symbolize a packet of information or a representation of an individual......in combining many of these shapes together (...ooohh, just imagine whole GRIDS of the shape....gives me chills....), I feel I am making a correlation of how packets or pieces of information can be combined and re-combined to create a greater meaning. In this realm of thinking, I see the shapes adding up pieces of information upon which we each base decisions.
To return to the 'individuals' metaphor---I see each shape representing one person/individual in a group or herd----and how the alignment of these individuals together create a greater, overall personality....cultural identity, herd mentality, group hysteria.....and on as such.




But here's a fascinating note on the SHAPE....I'm not the only one obsessed by it. I went to the art openings last week to find artwork by my fellow Alaskan artist Annie Duffy----using the SHAPE!!! I met her at a bar later, and drew the shape on my hand and, showing it to her said,

"What do you know about this!!!???"

She had already found out we were obsessed by the same shape. Thankfully, her take on it was connected to a boat form and ideas of floating and traveling, as I understood it. We comiserated on the fact that observers have noted the shape's similarity to symbols of the feminine form. It felt good to talk about the SHAPE with someone who knew about it...



Let's get away from the shape for a minute. Let's think about soft snow, fragrant spruce boughs and our skiis shushing along a winter trail....ahhhh....
I'm off to do this very thing. Frommage is up from a nap, the sun is going down, and it's a balmy +30 outside! Time to ski. Posted by Picasa