Across the Universe

Alice McMahon

Galena, United States

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“Across the Universe” Copyright 2007 Alice McMahon White, with design assistance from Teagan White, soft pastel on Kitty Wallis sanded paper, 84 × 36″

This is the final work for my “White Album” series. I’m feeling sad already…

“Across the Universe” was in the works long before I ever heard about the recent movie release. It was inspired by my trip with Teagan to DC in March 17, 2007, last St. Patrick’s Day.

So, back in March, we were armed with cameras instead of protest signs, and were just trying to stay awake after all night on the bus, and also trying to stay warm in the high icy winds. But the two of us have been planning this work inspired by our experience since then.

Truly a cooperative work, my girl gladly designed the protest sign, and planned her outfit, picking up activism buttons and the MAKE LOVE NOT WAR t-shirt, even painting her own jeans. And just two weeks ago, she was a stoic and excellent model for my reference photos.

The daisy in her hand is a nod to a shy young woman we met in DC. She never said a word, but passed out single yellow daisies to marchers all day. The rainbow is a symbol for St. Pat’s Day, spring, peace stretching across the planet, light coming after the rain, and also for gay rights, as shown on one of the buttons on her jacket. The rainbow is reflected in the puddles at her feet, “pools of sorrow/waves of joy”. No blood for oil…

My intention was to handwrite actual words from many different Beatles song lyrics in the rainbow, subtle, so you could barely see them, and yes, the puddles need work, but I simply ran out of time. Show needed to get hung.

DO see the movie “Across…” my favorite in a long time, and it’s not just because I like the Beatles!

Wishing for WORLD PEACE in 2008! Happy New Year dear friends! Thanks for your support this past year. I’m humbled by your great kindness to me. Hugs and much love! ~ Alice

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