Centered, 30″ x 30″ x 3″ Mixed media on panel with motion sensor lighting, 3″ deep box framing (battery operated)
The timing could not be more appropriate for the creation of Centered, released the day after Trump’s missile attack on Syria, this work is intended to call peace into a violent world. This is part of move toward combining realism with more abstract elements. But this piece/peace is also about using my art to focus awareness on social and political concerns. Centered asks the viewer to think about their own relationship to world peace. It is intended to encourage contemplation and aid in the meditation on what peace means in a world growing increasingly more violent and chaotic.
The idea of our having a peaceful center, surrounded by chaos, being in the world but not of the world, is what I’m going for with Centered. The external world is depicted with hot, almost burning colors and a rough, foreboding surface. In contrast, the center is soft, cool and peacefully protected inside, recessed beneath the hostile surface. Often, during struggle, we must decide and work to shut out the harsh reality, making our peaceful, calm place, our reality, even in the midst of difficulty.
Here’s a bit of the process and an earlier version of the finished work: