small icon paintings of animals
Before the pandemic, I was working on large paper cast sculptures. In the midst of the pandemic, the expansiveness of the large pieces no longer felt comfortable. Instead, I felt compelled to work more intimately and am working on small paintings with the focus upon animal imagery. It is through this imagery I am finding a way into more intimate spaces and the comfort small spaces afford to the inhabitant.
With these paintings, I feel the need to create frames functioning more as dwelling rather than frames – often five sided-frames suggesting the icon of a house. These constructions demand a different concentration and skill than typical framing of a painting. For me the icon house lends a kind of sacredness to the subject, hopefully. Two weeks ago, I went to the Syracuse zoo to draw the giraffes and was struck by the giraffe Parker who stood looking at me – as if in his tracks – for 20 minutes. I had not noticed such concentrated gaze from Parker in earlier visits before the pandemic. In this project, I want to explore how the animals react to the return of the public; first through drawing and then through studio interpretation as paintings.