Compositions From Above
I am often overcome by the connection, the love of people. The basic human need for community and dependency on one another. This need for community is seen in the 100,000s of the giant tortoises that live in Africa. I can’t help but wonder, does each and every one of them truly contribute to the group as a whole?
I am inspired by the landscapes of seaside village cliffs that are filled with little structures stacked upon one another. What if one was to collapse? Would the entire village fall like a row of dominoes into the sea?
How are we chosen to be from where we are and with these exact other members of our community? When I began the series, Compositions From Above, a few years back, I was inspired by these connections. The connections that are found within my own community. I realized these connections inspired me to live and brought me the most enjoyment in life. So I continued stacking my dependent, colorful blocks of color upon one another. Some in agreement, some in conflict but ALWAYS connected.
Throughout this series, I have had many names for this group of paintings; the mitochondria, the nucleus, the core, the connection, the gathering, the neighborhood, the colony, the network, the crowd, the pack, the clan, the circle, the gang, the crew, the hood…Simply trying to grasp exactly what it was exactly that I was saying about these groups, these families of clinging shapes and color that seemed to be falling off my brush. I will forever be grateful for the capacity of love we have within us. This is my attempt to capture the beauty of a basic need, interaction and love found within a community.