Atropos

Ritchard Rodriguez

New York, United States

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Oil, enamel, photography & collage on linen.

The Three Fates, from Greek mythology (and I did a little research once upon a time which I’ve since forgotten or didn’t give much importance to), was first brought to my attention musically interpreted by Keith Emerson on the first LP of Emerson Lake & Palmer. In recent years, I saw a wonderful dance adaptation of it by Sandy Kaufmann here in New York City. I worked on my three renditions of the theme while living in Paris. In the attempt to break away from realism (???) at that time, I was not only working with a lot of collage, but using photography to create some kind of narrative by using photos in contact-sheet type of strips.

Atropos was created with the title in mind. The Three Fates dealt with the thread of life. The first I believe spooled it, the second measured, and the third, Atropos, cut it, hence, in the painting, a single strip of photos appear and midway go black.

Always a favorite, Atropos was selected during a studio visit by the late jazz pianist Don Pullen to grace the cover of his final CD, Sacred Common Ground (although that notion died with him—seems the only other person who knew that when Blue Note was designing the cover was myself, and it was beyond my control—shame).

Thank you.

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