'I see...world within world, Narnia within Narnia‘ 'Yes,' said
Mr. Tumnus, 'like an onion: except that as you go in and in, each circle is larger than the last.' ~ C.S. Lewis The Last Battle
That quote speaks to the veiled mystery in art. When you place boundaries around an object or shape, you create a world within a world. Enclosure doesn‘t only limit or prevent escape; it allows something new to happen within that space. And the interior space is not necessarily lesser than what surrounds it. The Artist has great power and freedom to create worlds, following that premise.
These works all explore the paradox of enclosure within a square: the canvas is broken up through numerous color blocks and collaged elements, each color or image allowed fullness while adding to the rhythm of the greater painting. These interruptions invite an enjoyment of the surface as well as the overall image. In particular, this painting contains numerous collaged elements; the identifying tag "neck facing" is a piece from a late 1950s Vogue dress pattern. I like to use items I would otherwise throw away and give them new life in a painting. Dress patterns are particularly nice, because they show the layers underneath them, and they wrinkle and provide a beautiful surface to paint over, as well. They're just awesome any way you look at them.
Painting measures 16“x16“ square (without frame).
Oil and collage on canvas.
Framed in heavy dark wood frame *Ask for detail photo*
Wired and ready to hang!