Falling Bodies

Needing work that matched the intensity of feeling after my father's death, I turned to very small format paintings with mixed materials; candy wrappers and glitter, with their rich shiny ephemeralness suggesting both a lack of preciousness and transience. I thought of Medaeval altars and reliquaries, but they also reminded me of school children's topographical map projects made with plaster and they provided a kind of gleam of hope in a dark ground. I found they vacillated between a kind of urgent motion suspended in a viscous opaque field, and a barely coalescing shimmer of thingness.

This series went untitled until the Pandemic, when I began to see them not only as depictions of teeming space at the atomic scale, maps, or galaxies in space, but falling stars in a world of constant building and undoing.                                               July, 2021.

Falling Bodies 4.30.21
2021
oil, foil, cold wax, beads, ink, glitter, wire on panel
14 x 13 x3
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Falling Bodies 3.30.21
2021
oil, cold wax, foil, glitter, wire
7 x 6.5 x 3

private collection

Falling Bodies 4.4.21
2021
oil, cold wax, glitter on panel
8 x 8

private collection

Falling Bodies 4.25.21
2021
oil, cold wax. foil, glitter, wire
6.75 x 7.5 x 2

private collection

Mercurial 3.21
2021
oil, foil, cold wax on panel
7 x 8
Falling Body 5.3.21
2021
oil, cold wax, foil, glitter on panel
6 x 6
Falling Bodies 4.21
2021
oil, foil, glitter, cold wax on panel
6 x 6
Untitled
2020
oil, foil, cold wax
12 x 12
Mercurial 1.21
2015-2021
oil, cold wax, foil, beads
8 x 8

private collection

Falling Bodies 5.11.21
2021
oil, foil, glitter, cold wax on panel
6 x 6
Molecules
2016
oil, copper foil, wire, beads on panel
9 x 8 x 6

private collection

Molecules (left), Small String Theories (right)
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Molecules, (left),
Little Blue Clouds (right)
Falling Bodies 4.5.21
2021
oil, cold wax, glitter, mica, plastic on panel
8 x 8

private collection

Falling Bodies 4.23.21
2021
oil, cold wax, glitter on panel
12 x 12
Prayer
2021
oil, foil, cold wax on wood and panel
6 x 9.5
Memorial Day
2018-2020
oil, foil, glitter, cold wax on panels
13 x 8

private collection

Falling Bodies 5.8.21
2021
oil, mica, glitter, cold wax on panel
6 x 8
Meteor 3.21
2021
oil, foil, glitter, cold wax, on panel
8.75 x 6.5
Falling Bodies 1.21
2021
oil, foil, metal, bead on wood and panel
6.75 x 5
Small String Theories
2016
oil, foil, sequins, wire and bead on panel
8 x 10 x .5
private collection
Little Blue Clouds
2016
oil and candy wrappers on panel
8 x 8
private collection
Little Night Sky Feeling
2018-2021
oil, acrylic, foil, glitter, wire, beads on panel and wood
5 x 7 x 2
Disintegration Particles
2016
oil and mixed media on panel
12 x 12
Motes
2016
oil and foil on panel
12 x 12
private collection