The State of Independence is my new self-portrait. A little different for me, I gotta say. I painted the found object, for one. Normally I leave them natural, or the way I found them when I picked them up off the street. And usually I am dealing in bodies. For a self-portrait to have no bodies or body parts is a stretch for me, personally. I had been thinking about other symbols of freedom besides the ravens/birds...and I came up with the ladder. I thought that it referenced my thinking, "up and OUT". So on the lower third, you'll find various pointy things like tacks, nails and sandpaper. Then I actually burned the bottom of the piece. It's that personal hell that I need to escape from, that basement of despair and "dependence".
The middle section is a calming period before the beauty of the aqua (my favorite color. I also think it's the most powerful of all blue shades, except maybe navy). The quote above is used in these two sections. I used a well-known color combination with the use of red, white and blue, reminiscent of the American flag. I am thinking this piece will be part of an upcoming flag series exploring themes found in the Declaration of Independence. I have been thinking about using these ideas lately, and I am living in a rather historic area now. Making this piece has made me think further about "freedoms", for myself and others...
The State of Independence