Acrylic, wallpaper, photograph, torn paper, and coloring book page on canvas. Personal project.
My current focus on castles makes its way into this piece, which I’ve just completed. The dominant images are that of a castle, painted roughly and crudely, along with a doll head photograph I took in my 20s. A spider crawls across the doll’s face (gross!). The protection of a fortress with fortified walls and turrets that tower into the clouds is a notion that lives only in our dreams. In reality, we must bolster ourselves and prepare for the future. Looking off into the distant future, the face sees hope. Perfect hope.
Underneath the triangular wedge of flowered wallpaper is a passage about two toys who sit on a shelf next to one another. They are friends and they are well made — perfect. As I typically do, I’ve sealed off the writing beneath layers of paint and paper, locking it into the piece like a secret. I once visited a meditation center and the staff told me that mantras had been written underneath all of the wall paint…wishes for hope and peace. I’ve never forgotten that and hope my hidden messages serve to enact an invisible power unseen by us all…the power of quiet intention.