Series on Black
When working against black, every dot is evident and every mark is meaningful. To me the series is about reduction, even before beginning. Which marks are necessary and which marks are implied? I love to paint the cosmos in this way. Every dot is a galaxy. Every dash is an eon.
Story Boarding Monsters
Within the grids on black paper, with gouache, I catalog the dream actions of childhood monsters who have continued to live into my adulthood. These monsters are: The bear who got off the train and crushed a path through the pines to my family's living room, where we all sat. The goblin who lived under the slop sink, behind the mops and brooms. My dead grandfather's head, which appeared in the corner of the room, more opaque on anxious days. The girl with a Moon Head who followed me too closely. The crusty drunk, being frighteningly unaware.
Dream Images in scrolling panoramas
This group of work is from a series of ink and gouache drawings on large sheets of deeply colored paper. These are illustrations of dreams, or paring down of dreams into an image, then into a symbols. I have experienced these dreams during pivitol points of upheaval and change in my life. Each dream is illustrated in 6-8 drawings and taped together, end to end and wound onto a scroll. Then I roll the drawings through a viewing window, in a device called a Crankie. I accompany these scrolling drawings with songs, which I hope further illuminate the meanings.
The Sun and Moon Series
These pale colored papers of Cerulean, Robins Egg and Blush, allow the transparencies of the sky, such as the motion of the clouds and the faces of the Deities, to be seen. Using gouache and ink, I can draw with liquid lines, the silhouettes of pines, whom I love. How better to conjure water than with another liquid. Dots and lines of white gouache are capable to describe light on water. All these things make it possible for me to relay the beauty of the land and water and calm the angst for a little while. All the paper is 22"x 32" and year created was 2017.
These Ink and Gouache drawings are 30.5"x 20.5"on deeply colored papers of Orange and Tangerine, created in 2017. The series is for a Crankie/Silhouette Puppet piece with a sound track and live singing. The story grew from a single wooden puppet whose beautiful glass eyes and slightly cracked head mesmerized me. This was a puppet from the Punch and Judy story and I began researching other wooden puppets from the play and began to draw them trying to capture the life in the wooden faces. The story these puppets historically portray is an unsavory story and needed some growth and updating, though the violence remains. As the images scroll by, portraits of the puppets, I interact with them using silhouetted figures. I sing the characters pleas and exaltations to the audience.
Venus, Take a bite of my cake.
This group of Gouache and Ink drawings , 30.5"x 20.5", were created for the Crankie Festival at the Creative Alliance, January 2017, and inspired by Immanuel Velikovsky's "Worlds In Collision". Velikovsky studied ancient civilizations to validate his theories on cosmic cataclysmic events and how they affected Earth's history and ancient people. My favorite story of his, thus the song that accompanies the Crankie, is this:
In 1500 BCE Venus was ejected from Jupiter and became a comet which crossed the Earth's path every 50 years for many centuries. Women of the Sumerian and Babylonian villages would stand guard on their roof tops for the entirery of the year lifting up cakes of worship the the Queen of Heaven, Venus.
These ink drawings were created for illustrating a song. The drawings will be put on a roll and cranked to roll past a viewing window as I sing their story. This group of drawings was created for the Crankie Festival at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD in 2016
Me and Mama went to town
To the Piggly Wiggly, to the Big Bear
grocery stores with animal names
grocery stores filled with poison creme
like creme horns and creme puffs
like the creme filled check out lady.
Shape Shifters on the Tallapoosa River
These are paintings on canvas using oil and are mostly involving the action which occurs when matter is transforming.
The air and the glow from within the beings of these paintings are engaged in a song, humming vibrations which I strain always to hear.
This work was created between the years of 2011 and 2015.
Gnosis and Needle Work
These are paintings on wood which I am working to encourage the glow from within the images to be seen by human eyes.
Liz's Curated Collection
This artist has not yet created a curated collection.