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Art is Life?

Quite a statement, especially if you aren’t an artist. It’s a statement that rings true, to a certain extent, for me. But if you had seen me 20 years ago, you wouldn’t know it. I would not touch pencil to paper, or paint to canvas and was near adamant against it. It’s no wonder that when I write nowadays, I write about everything but the paintings or drawings I’m working on. And when I consider using my voice to instruct, the subject matter is “around” art, not using art as the focal point.

I have considered creating a podcast and more than likely will do it and post it here. And yet, whenever I consider it, my subject is on the philosophy of painting, the power felt when one submits to what seems inconvenient, but oh so desired! The power of expressing one’s self…the pure joy of allowing talents to come forward, to entertain, but so much more. The ability to serve one another and to address higher needs than filling another person’s life with empty promises! That’s art; that is LIFE!

Last year at this time, I sat with a painting called Linen: Orisha Yemaya…the idea behind it is based partly on a dancer I saw on YouTube years ago, Yusima Moya Rodriguez. She performs a dance in a spacious dance studio, a dance evoking the them of Orisha Yemaya, one of the African goddesses of waterways. It was the dance, powerful, energetic and passionate, that inspired the spin on my series, called Linen, that left me pondering. A year later, I have an ‘empty room’ painted and still no Yemoja (the Yoruban variant) in the room. But that’s a story for another time.

Life is happening all around us, in us and beyond our natural comprehensive skills to fathom. But so is art; there are rituals, parodies, going on around us. A coworker, upon hearing that I rendered mostly abstract images, said he WANTED TO KNOW - translation: he was overwhelmed - with the idea of the abstract. Abstract renderings, with or without a title, are also an attempt to represent, to express an emotion or thought about…life…
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