The Rune and Echo paintings incorporate my twenty-four painting series titled Echolalia. I created them in 2005.
I re-visited them this weekend because I learned of a way to fix the chalk element. Originally, my plan was to allow the patina to develop over time, that is, basically not care how the paintings aged. I was a lot experimental back then and while in the zone creating away on my screened-in porch studio in the two-bedroom flat in Eastwood where I produced quite a lot of my artwork in the nine years that I lived there, I was living in the present moment. Not thinking about the future at all.
That was sixteen years ago!
The paintings were exhibited at the Rome Art Center (Rome, NY), at Nature-Tyme (DeWitt, NY) and later at a medical center in New Jersey. Some of the found object elements had fallen off in storage and some pieces were actually missing after that second exhibition – not many, fortunately.
I looked at them all with fresh eyes. Repaired, replaced and “fixed” them. They are loved again and I feel really good about re-presenting them. I will be more diligent with regard to their safe-keeping when they are in my care and trust that new owners/patrons will love them equally if not more.
Artist Statement – Echolalia
My paintings are a culmination of devices used to create a visual language, a secret treasure to be discovered and I hold the true key. These paintings are an echo of previous work.
My muse is a frolicking cat traveling through a geometric field. Although the devices are manifestations of my life and experiences, they can also create an alternate connection with the viewer resulting in other interpretations. The truth of deciphering becomes irrelevant.
The paintings are layered: canvas on canvas, oil paint, chalkboard paint, pencil, chalk, found objects including sea glass, game pieces, keys, ribbon, coins and text. They are the layers of emotions, thoughts, actions, and beauty that depict depth of character. Formally, I concentrate on rhythm, balance, complementary color schemes and texture.
My work is driven by a desire for positive vibrations, happiness and joy.