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This small 16″ × 24″ acrylic painting was done in the summer of ‘08. It’s one of those compositions that sits around in my head for weeks, like a vague (and in this case) nasty feeling. I experimented during several starts. A sheet tangled up in the middle of the floor. Over-painted, try again… “what’s this about?”
Eventually this unbalanced and tipsy image emerged. The twisted sheet now with contorted faces or sneers, the floor totally unreliable and unsafe. Painted flies came and settled into the painting, as if it stunk of death. An inch worm crawled out of the fabrications. Yet, there’s light, or the freedom of a clear sky behind, seen through the central doorway or through the small holes in the racked and twisted floor tiles.
Once into it the painting flowed like under its own accord. Yes, late into the night and no sleep until finished. In the morning and through out the following days it sat there on its easel, taunting with its question of (like surprised); “What’s this?”
Today, over a year later, I know I was within another bout of spiritual identity crisis. The ‘who?’, ‘what?’, ‘where?’, questions; that were leading me to another, less fettered, looser, freer, more present sense of self. The painting is the twisting, turning resistance to the new, the clinging by the old (through fearful ugly visions of warning.)
Spiritual growth is not always an easy experience. Not always a simple parting of the veil and a saunter into the ‘light’. For me this painting reminds me of many of ‘my dark nights of the soul’, that have heralded my next inner awareness and outer experience of The connected presence.
My teenage son saw it and said; “Oh, I know that place! I’m there part of almost every day!” I gave it to him… and it took some doing to get a picture of it for RB submission. He says; “I love that painting, it’s the inner state of outer growth.It’s what’s been going on with me since puberty!”
Great guy, he deserves to have it!