In February I will be in a group show at the Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery called The Birds and the Bees. Lots of you know I was in a bike accident and lost the use of my right/write hand for a few months. I had agreed to take part in this show before the accident and thought that I would have to back out. But I started noodling around with my left hand and found that I could still make art.
It was odd: I could barely write out a grocery list, but I could paint or draw. The process was very slow but the awkwardness of it made it an adventure.
I was inspired by fraktur: stylized Pennsylvania-German paintings, mostly from the 18th and 19th century. My wonky left handed drawing seemed a good fit with this art form. I sent an image to the BACART gallery and asked if they would be open to my left handed self in place of my right handed self. Yes!
Fraktur suits the Birds and Bees show because although the images are romantic they are also slightly askew.
Some of the images are about the plight of love and some are about the pleasures of love.
Valentine’s day can be alienating for single people so I also drew one fraktur for a happy person who is not part of a couple.
What I learned from doing this work is that good things can come from dismal situations. The accident hurt and slowed me down, but that slowness allowed me to try something new. I was replenished.
Is there a word for the good things that can arise from bad situations? Perhaps sluck would suit: luck from something sucky. I welcome your linguistic suggestions.
The paintings for this show were done with gouache and ink on handmade cotton paper from India. I hope that if you are nearby you can take a ferry to BACART on Bainbridge Island for the opening on February 3, 6:00-8:00. You can see this work and the work of 14 other pollinators. The show will remain up until February 26. Thanks.