Wednesday, July 20, 2005
This piece was created in 1998. I had a friend who was just finishing art school, and he was gently mocking my use of bright, intense colours. He made the suggestion (constructively!) that perhaps I was hiding behind my colours.
In response I painted this pared down image. It was actually a very helpful and healthy exercise. I find that I do tend to feel unsatisfied with 'raw' edges and so my work leans toward a very polished look. Digging up this old image has reminded me to try keeping a bit of that edge.
Another reason I posted this image was that I've been thinking about death. Not in a depressed or morbid kind of way, but more along the lines of how we deal with it. We all know that we will die one day. Some find solace in the thought of an afterlife in heaven, others in reincarnation. Some people I've talked to say they want it to be lights out. Darkness. The end. Still others feel that it will be a re-uniting with the universe, a golden source of warmth and power. A friend once told me that her vision of death was being all alone in the vacuum of space, cold stars floating by forever.
I have my own ideas, but looking at this piece from seven years ago, I am struck with the simple peace and cool clarity of an angel walking through a field of flowers.
What Milton wrote as an expression of defiance, I relate in a spirit of possibility:
"The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n."
Posted by Aaron Paquette