I wish you the best end to this eventful year, a happy holiday season, and a peaceful, positive, and productive New Year.
The Last Year
The first half of 2016 I spent mostly working on public art projects, and the second on studio work, making those incremental developments that painters make, and taking my constructed wood pieces to a larger scale.
As the year wraps up, the image of boats has emerged as a recurring motif. Partly because I've been revisiting and reworking some older Senegal inspired paintings that featured water and boats, and partly because of a new project where boats are central. Certainly some recent pieces contemplated rising sea levels and the fragility of coastal existence, so the boats naturally relate to that.
I also keep seeing boat related phrases as we navigate this new era of political uncertainty. "Up the creek without a paddle", "All at sea", "Battening down the hatches", "All in the same boat", etc, so maybe it's a timely image. Let's work on paddling together in a positive direction in the New Year.
The Next Year
I've just started working on a really exciting project with The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, and will be able to tell more about it as it takes shape in the New Year. Due to be installed and open in September 2017, it's a large installation piece with, of course, boats as a central feature.