Sunday, November 9, 2008

'Deer Hart (Dear Heart)-Golden'

finished. *airkick*

Golden






Well, I finished my first piece in this series, Golden. I actually used that technique with the paper bits on some random circular shapes about a month ago. Who knew that would show up, and when?! That's the joy of painting for me, unexpected surprises abound. It's interesting, because I had thought the paper bits looked like tile originally, but on this they look like stained glass. Excellent. I might make this baby into an altar piece (I still haven't attached the back wooden part yet either). But I think the wooden 'arms' that are created by the chair shape, and the imitation stained glass create a very religious/spiritual energy to the piece.
I enjoyed making it so much, more than I should have given the content. And to an extent I am revisiting some of my previous mediums and techniques on these pieces. But I'm really feeling this way of working for right now, so I'm gonna go with it.
I was also thinking a lot about totems in this piece, as the bodies/parts are segregated and laid one on top of another, vertically. I think it's an interesting effect that I might want to explore further with these pieces. Especially since I have an animal subject matter, totems seem like a very appropriate option for a format. I had been talking my friend D about totems for a few months now...and animals, so that it was a natural, unconscious, transition for me. Thanks for that yo!
I'm glad that everything is coagulating in my head from months and years back. It's had the effect of making me creatively, energetic lately, and I'm actually excited rather than worried about this series. Excellent.

6 comments:

Vag said...

mesmerizing...but i can't see what is next to/behind the top of the deer...is it possible to get closer?
i LOVE,LOVE the chair arms...and the friggin stained glass effect...

shana said...

thank you! did you try clicking on the pics? makes them bigger...

Vag said...

k, now i can see that there's an arrow, but thats all i can decipher...sorry, me lacks in the obvious department sometimes.

shana said...

it's like, a woman's arms holding the arrow sprouting out like the antlers. a mimic of the shape, if you will. i thought it was interesting to have the arrow coming from the deer. a turning of the tables. then there is aside belly wound that the arrow is pointed at, on the far right side and the words above it (backwards) are 'Oh love,'...

yolanda said...

love these!

yola
x

shana said...

thanks so much!