Dreamscapes series evolved from tidepool studies and was inspired by a portion of the poem, “Why We Tell Stories” by Lisel Mueller which was also the inspiration behind Anamnesis series.
“Because we used to have leaves
and on damp days
Our muscles feel a tug,
painful now, from when roots
pulled us into the ground
And because our children believe
they can fly, an instinct retained
from when the bones in our arms
were shaped like zithers and broke
neatly under their feathers
And because before we had lungs
we knew how far it was to the bottom
as we floated open-eyed
like painted scarves through the scenery
of dreams, and because we awakened
and learned to speak”
Dreamscapes is a collection of paintings exploring underwater energy and memory. I am inspired by the stories we tell and how we make sense of the natural world. My intent is for the flow of images to resemble a remembered dream where some vague image is underneath another, in a kind of recall or reminiscence.
Tentacles, Water Spirits, and Octopus Garden are 24″x 32″x 2″ cradleboard paintings with 2″sides. The paint is applied in layers and removed and sanded muliple times.The result is an ebb and flow of color that works horizontally and vertically.