“Broken” Series (Updated 2017)
The three pieces I have created so far in this series demonstrate a common theme of peace amid adversity and pain. I have sought, in two of the works, Cut and Torn, to speak to pain that comes with depression or other forms of mental illness. The works themselves picture bodies as made of fabric or of charcoal rather than flesh and blood, a visualization that can defend against thought patterns of harm or other compulsions. The third piece, Crucifix with Oriental Tapestry, inserts the artist and/or viewer into a more well-known symbol of suffering. Without necessarily requiring a spiritual interpretation, the scene is meant to use the emblem of a crucifix as a representation of tribulation, much as the fictional namesake artist employs it in a painting in Chaim Potok’s novel, My Name is Asher Lev.
Cut. 2016. Acrylic, charcoal, graphite, and watercolor on panel. 48 x 24 inches.
Torn. 2016. Fabric on panel. 48 x 24 inches.
Crucifix with Oriental Tapestry. 2016. Acrylic and watercolor on panel. 30 x 40 inches.