Our brains are narrative making machines…scott erickson
Story greases the hoists and pulleys, it causes adrenaline to surge, shows us the way out, down, or up, and for our trouble, cuts for us fine wide doors in previously blank walls, openings that lead to the dreamland, that lead to love and learning, that lead us back to our own real lives…Clarissa Pinkola Estés
My process for this series began in January and ended in June 2021. It took a lot longer than I thought, but it didn’t feel right to rush. I was recovering from the stroke that I had in September 2020 and worked the space between mothering and feeding the desire to create for myself alone.
When I paint, I’m having conversations in my head, with my higher power, with the universe, with myself. I’m transcribing what I experience into a visual story of energy, texture, color, value, shapes. My bright hope is that my work connects to or reminds you of a story of your own.
Each one of the paintings brought me further along in risk-taking and problem-solving, in celebrating and slogging through. As I peeled the tape from the edges of each panel, one of the finishing steps of my process, I muttered thank you’s. I feel very much that these 12 are finished and ready to share with you.
I often find ideas for titles of my work within a poem, lyric or anything I’m reading. When painting and words closely align with similar energy, emotion and mood, I like to include them together as a collaborative experience for the viewer. Words can also provide a scaffold for those who might struggle at first to find the connection between themselves and an abstract work.
You are invited to click on individual images below to be taken to a page with additional details for each panel.