OVER THE LINE
only by a narrow margin
My first solo show of large scale paintings.
Many levels of this show was a first. All of it an exciting challenge. Painting on canvas, the scale, the time, energy, physicality and mental space it took to paint big. Look I'm a midwife (and yes I still call myself a midwife). I am used to long hours and trusting the process. The hard work of just showing up and doing the job. The anxiety of having a bad day, the exhilaration of having a great day. There are many parallels between dance, midwifery and painting and I tried to find them all. The one big difference was the solitariness of going to the studio and spending time with my inner self. Finding the rhythms and patterns of the paint was like improving in dance, moving with intuitive intent. The many layers of paint sometimes easily found, sometimes muddy and unclear. Believing, in the end all the children/paintings I hoped for would be just what they were meant to be. Some ugly, some beautiful, some complicated, some troublemakers, but all part of a coherent body of work that belonged to the same family.
Looking forward to the next challenge.