Heaven Inside, Uprise Art* Outpost, Chelsea, NY March 7-22, 2014
Although not a direct source of inspiration, it recently became apparent to me that several of these paintings remind me of the final scene in Fellini's La Dolce Vita. The main character, Marcello, has been kicked out of a wild party held at an Italian villa, walks through a forest, and finds his way to the seaside. It's becoming dawn and there is a group surrounding a creature rejected from the sea. It is large, grotesque, and mysterious. Straight from a Bosch painting, the monster signifies something cruel and dark, outside of our limited realm of understanding. I like thinking about the people still left inside the villa while outside the sea is dragging an unimaginable statement from its depths. The subjects of these paintings exist in a similar world where just out of frame they are confronted by the sublime. They are ephemeral scenes and function like a memory. In this way maybe each painting itself is a memento mori.
"Night Walk" is the crux of the group of paintings, and also the initiator. One of the first that I painted for the show, it holds the beginning of ideas and color relationships that I would explore further with the other paintings. The woman, like Marcello, is descending from the known world behind her towards something unknown. In a way, this painting is also the outlier of the group of domestic interior scenes. Maybe she has left the others behind to confront whatever it is that waits for her by the sea.