For the first two months of 2016, artists at the State of the Art Gallery will be showing works made in response to poetry. Sixteen poets were invited by Tish Pearlman, poet laureate of Tompkins County 2013-14, to present their poems to the artists, half of whom will show each month. I will be part of the first half of the members showing in January. This show runs from January 6-31, 2016. Reception on January 8, 5-8 PM. Poetry readings by the poets Sunday January 17 at 2 PM.
My paintings, in a series of 5 panels, is a response to “River of Time,” a poem using metaphors of landscape and season. Michael Jennings describes a moment in the fullness of love, mature and deep, and wistfully recalls the innocent but passionate promise of spring. Winter is never mentioned, but by its very absence, declares its presence looming. The seasons — and ourselves — change slowly, subtly, and mostly unnoticed until we realize that “No one comes back. No one steps twice in the same body.” These panels represent the continuum of time with its colors morphing from the fresh pastels of spring, through the golds of August, into the stark midnight blues and silvers of winter and old age and death.
I started with the 3rd or middle panel, which represents the present, and then moved to the 4th and 5th panels – the direction in which I am headed. Last, I did panels #2 and #1, in that order, thinking of the past. Come to the gallery and see them all together.