Category Archive: Painting
Here are a few more photos of the “Wiggly Things” painting series. Wiggly Things was showcased as part of the Shake It Up Exhibition in Nishi Gallery, curated by Professor David Williams and Anna Trundle. The series is inspired by philosopher Alan Watts’ discussion of “wiggliness.” The paintings represent the breakdown of rigid structures and organic elements into abstracted, fractured, and warped forms. In doing so, this series explores the futility of the human desire to impose order on an infinitely complex and ever-changing universe. Wiggly Things relies on painting as a means to disrupt linguistic categories and communicate outside of them. The series embraces the nature of the world that surrounds us as wiggly, chaotic, and unpredictable; the paintings find beauty in depicting and celebrating that rather than forcing it to adhere to a rigid structure.
I think Sky Net formed as a response to evenings of sitting in a hammock and watching the sunset through the telephone wires above our yard. It took me a few tries to get this painting right- not because this is a particularly complicated painting- it just took some experimentation to figure out how to create a physical painting that was loyal to the image in my mind.
Sky Net is part of a series of mixed media paintings on board called “Wiggly Things.”
I love drawing bones. I find their thin, angular shapes so appealing. Bones and decay offer such interesting subjects for art because they give you the chance to reduce an organic life-form into a pattern-like structure.
I’m not exactly sure why this image came into existence… but I have been seeing a lot of road-kill and dead rabbits around, and with the release of the new calicivirus, I’m expecting to see a lot more of them.
Small oil and acrylic on panel painting