I got back from Spain a week ago. This is what greeted me at the studio:
It's good to be surrounded by my work again. I was afraid that when I got back I wasn't going to be happy with the work. This wasn't the case. I've been doing a lot of staring, mulling, writing, and reading. This is my least favorite part of the process; I'm naturally restless. I have to force myself to slow down. There are so many possible directions I can follow it makes my head spin.
There's a mystery to it I find appealing. It's process derived, composed of twelve printed layers of organza bound together by encaustic mounted to a 12" x 12" panel. Here's what the individual images look like:
The pose of the figure is based on the Virgin Mary in this painting by da Vinci:
Here's what the posed figure looks like in my digital 3-D software:
I'm thinking of doing a series on the Virgin Mary, basing the poses on older paintings and sculptures. From a mythological perspective her story is powerful: her son murdered for the sake of humanity. I might look at Michelangelo's Pieta in the Vatican next for inspiration once again. I'm curious what she will look like without the dead body of Jesus in her arms.
From one perspective, this work is about my currently nonexistent relationship with my mother. It's something I am sad about. But this is the best I can do for now, deal with it through my art.