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. This work is intended to call peace into a violent world. This is part of a move toward combining realism with more abstract elements. Centered asks the viewer to think about their own relationship to world peace. But this piece/peace is also about focusing our awareness on social and political concerns. I encourage the viewer to stair deeply into the center of the work and contemplate and meditate 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, our center is soft, cool and peacefully protected inside, recessed beneath the hostile surface, where there is light. 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: