|'out beyond ...' acrylic on board, 2x2ft|
This fall Michael Dowling put out a call for artist to create one of 1,000 panels to be exhibited during Medicine Wheel's Day without Art and I jumped at the opportunity. I have worked with Michael and Medicine Wheel on numerous occasions and each time has been a rewarding and inspiring experience, as was the case with this time.
The vigil starts tonight at 11:30pm at the BCA and continues for 24 hours. Here is more information about the event, a link to Medicine Wheel Productions as well as a link to donate to this important community. And below that information is a bit about this painting as well as a visual documentation of the many stages that the painting went through. Enjoy!
Day Without ArtWorld AIDS DayFriday December 1, 2017Boston Center for the Arts539 Tremont StreetBoston, MA 02116Vigil begins at 11:30 pm onThursday November 30thon the BCA Plazaand runs for the full 24 hours of Friday December 1stending at Midnight.Gather at 11:30 for a processional walk into the Cyclorama Plaza!In 1987 a small group gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would forget. This action served as the beginning of the Names Project, also known as the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Today, 30 years later, over 1000 artists, visual and performing, have re-invested in the power of that action to create a space to hold the human heart, a space to reflect, a space to remember, a space to see who we can be for ourselves and one another.To honor this anniversary we will be displaying a large section of the AIDS Memorial Quilt during the vigil.Please bring an offering of remembrance to leave in one of the Medicine Wheel shrines.
Now about 'out beyond ...'
This Fall I saw this call for art,
" As we gear up for the 26th annual Medicine Wheel and the 29th Day Without Art/ World AIDS Day we are looking for 1000 artists to re-invest in the power of Art and Healing to create a space that holds the human condition. Please consider painting a 2 foot by 2 foot panel with the theme of AIR in the colors of the sky to be part a the 1000 voice mural at the Boston Center for the Arts December 1."
and I happily answered YES!
With the theme of AIR and the colors of the sky I decided I would work in blues and revisit my ' intuitive line paintings' from my installation that I creates in 2009 with Medicine Wheel, 'this comes from within ...' Painting the walls for that installation is one of my fondest creative moment memories!!
|'wall detail' from 'this comes from within ...'|
I love how organic these method of painting is for me.
This painting method is a true dialogue between me and the work,
as you will see how this painting went through so many versions
before the painting and I agreed it was finished.
When I got the blank white 2x2 board I started out by painting in big letters,
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing"
Recently I am enamored with Rumi's poems and
especially this line and the meaning of these words.
Once the words were painted, my journey began, shapes and objects appeared
|in this photo you can still see a few of the lettering ...|
|now is the time with the subtle changes ... this can also be the most frustrating time|
as I don't want to overwork the painting, but somethings still don't feel right