My muse introduced me to the M-Theory of quantum physics. I am always amused by things that I cannot quite comprehend. That theory posits there are 11 dimensions, and that time is composed of crystals formed by three dimensional equilateral triangles, the smallest length of which (the Planck length) is so small – – – well, the idea confounds me. But, that’s why we have a crystal, front and center here in this piece. And yes, while I rarely make statements about any of my paintings, I will say, this crystal is meant to represent time. Everything else is up to you!
Sometimes I feel like, well, in the case of me and my art-making, that painting is a little like constructing a sentence. The piece needs a subject…without a subject, well, you don’t really have anything…. That’s because, from my perspective, I work with a subject in mind….but, I’m painting along and suddenly I’ve come to realize that I do not know what the subject is here….it’s just too ambiguous I think. And, there. I’ve said nothing as well.
Yes, it’s complete and I must say that I’ve come to the conclusion that the only part of this painting that the viewer looks at – at least from the comments on Facebook (mostly male)- is this guy’s dick and its size. Well, that was blunt, wasn’t it? It prompted me to rework his scrotum, which, of course, made me more than a little self-conscious – where previously I had no reservations. Geeze. It is done – but now I think his head is too big! ha!
I am pleased to say I’ve been asked to exhibit this piece at my alma mater, UW Bothell….the title of the piece notwithstanding!
These pieces were chosen for publication in the 2016 edition of Clamor, the annual arts and literary journal for University of Washington, Bothell. In conjunction with the Undergraduate Research Fair at UWB, Clamor is hosting an Art Exhibit on May 13th that will include these works!
For those that like to read, I was required to submit a brief abstract:
Dana graduated (magna cum laude) from UW Bothell in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Art. While her artistic endeavors vary between mediums and substrates her focus is primarily in two dimensional pieces of oil on canvas. Impressed by her studies in preserving habitat and climate change, Dana often incorporates these issues into her work by using a blackbird either representing himself, nature as a whole, or an anthropomorphic rendition in substitution for man’s dilemma and his place in nature. Her work asks the viewer, through the use of visual clues, to consider its message, if only for just a moment, as art is not only documentation of the culture in which we live; it identifies and defines who we are as a society.
Melancholy Crow, 2015, places the blackbird in a pose that would not be found in nature and was intentioned to draw reference to such classics as Manet’s Olympia. While the message, man’s encroachment on habitat is strictly subliminal, the classic pose is meant to direct the viewer’s attention to nature and man’s interaction with it.
Quantum Physics, 2015 is the artist’s vision of a headline that read, “Scientists show future events decide what happens in the past.” Based on the act of observation, the article explained that Australian scientists had used protons in a double slot experiment that proved the statement. This piece represents the artist’s interpretation of the observation.
Of course, I hadn’t planned on turning this little painting into a saga, but at this point it looks like the more I paint on one element, the more other elements respond negatively. Argh. On the good side, I’m liking how its developing overall. Dealing with two separate light sources, one from the crystal ball and one from this cradled magic orb of light (most likely a proton) is proving to be a bit of a challenge and a lot of imagination. If only I could get a better picture without all the glare.