Last week Margaret wrote about the work she is making for our upcoming Troika show. You can read her post here.
As she explained, our common theme is Still Life. I began my explorations by painting with ink and gouache.
Still Life paintings celebrate ephemeral pleasures – light, flowers, food. Life.
Transience. Time passes.
I had been exploring similar themes in paintings for a show I will be having with Mare Blocker at the Taste Restaurant at the Seattle Art Museum. That show is called Abundance.For the Troika show I began to play with cut paper.
This winter I was making pinprick lanterns – Froebeling. I carried this technique into paintings that are part pinprick and part paint.
I also made many pinpricked freestanding still life objects of various sizes. The theme is ephemeral, and the medium is ephemeral.Some of my pinprick pieces wandered a bit away from traditional still life imagery.Our Troika logo is three wheels. They represent Margaret, Deborah and me.
Wheels roll! For all three of us the idea of a Still Life transformed as we worked.As an artist, a children’s book illustrator and as a human I try to stay open to new ideas and to let them roll. As the ideas roll by in this fleeting life I try to grab on to some of them.
Please come see the new work at Taste and at the Bitters Co. Barn. Thank you.