Stayed . 2019 graphite & chalk pastel
A quiet little drawing for a quiet, cold morning. I’m put in mind of a favorite poem, the last stanza of Roethke’s
It was beginning winter, An in-between time, The landscape still partly brown: The bones of weeds kept swinging in the wind, Above the blue snow.
It was beginning winter, The light moved slowly over the frozen field, Over the dry seed-crowns, The beautiful surviving bones Swinging in the wind.
Light traveled over the wide field; Stayed. The weeds stopped swinging. The mind moved, not alone, Through the clear air, in the silence.
Was it light? Was it light within? Was it light within light? Stillness becoming alive, Yet still? A lively understandable spirit Once entertained you. It will come again. Be still. Wait.
— from Theodore Roethke’s Lost Son
Ophan . 2019 found papers, wax
“Ophan” was first seen in this
sketchbook post, and is now complete.
As the work developed, I found I wanted to break the frame and give a feeling of fractured perspective and motion.
The start of a new collage, showing my layout process. The paper and images are untrimmed and unaltered— the center image will be intricate work, and for this I’ll use decoupage scissors. I’ll add a backing image at some point and will post the final piece when it is complete.
As with most of my pieces, the title, “Ophan”, was set as part of the conceptual phase.
“The ophanim or ofanim (
Heb. “wheels” ‘ōphannīm; singular: ’ōphān, ofan), refer to the wheels seen in Ezekiel‘s vision of the chariot.”
Ophan . WIP found papers
Begun a few years ago, this piece is in process, currently existing as a physical sketch. In the coming weeks I will be revisiting
Soft Oracle, hoping to complete it.
Sketch: Soft Oracle (2013) cotton velvet, plastic sheeting, embroidery floss, wire, wax, wood ash
I am active on Twitter and regularly post work there as well as links to articles on the arts, visual culture, and the work of other artists.
tweet, I talk a bit about the use of repeating images in my work.
Veil . 2019
Veil . 2019 found papers, wax