These drawings are part of a set with the burial sculptures that I have been making from beeswax, gauze, driftwood, and found objects.
I even have the title for this collection: “Look Even Here…”. The title is drawn from an aticle in Orion magazine (Nov/Dec 2012), by Trebbe Johnson, titled “Gaze Even Here”.
The article, and my collection, is about looking at something which we might prefer not to look on. Trebbe uses the work “gaze” and her article explains her concept. I don’t want to use her whole article, nor do I want to write my own complete essay. But her thoughts relate well to the work I am doing. And I am working on a few of my own words that I hope to include in a future exhibit of this work.
Look Even Here
This exhibit is based on the premise that it can be valuable to really look, with an open mind and heart, on even those aspects of reality which may frighten, horrify, or repel.
This is not about catharsis through fiction. This is about acceptance. It can be helpful to accept the realities of the world we inhabit, in all its aspects.
This is about learning to live with sorrow, fear, and even devastation.
This is about learning to live with death.