This series of drawings, Water Under The Bridge, explores ideas of rigid stability in opposition to an organic spontaneity. The parallel yellow lines, though formally simple, frame a complex structure in the same way that fragile threads on a loom create the warp and weft of a greater tapestry. I contrast this repetitive structure with a frenetic energy of layered marks; scribbling and scratching, erasing and redrawing to talk about the struggle inherent in polarized systems of order and chaos. These qualities are bound together with an inseparable tension.
I use water as a metaphor to portray hidden depths of the unknown. Drawing and painting on both sides of translucent vellum allows me to create a sense of deep space with a gradual build up of layers. Little by little, details emerge and an underlying organizational structure is revealed. In the ocean, undercurrents and undertows have their own dynamic energy; from the surface we may not perceive the tumultuous forces that lie within. Beneath the chaotic surface of nature lies a quiet stability.
Water Under The Bridge, oil, acrylic and graphite on translucent vellum, (42″ x 30″), 2011.