Thursday, May 5, 2011
the silence is suddenly broken by bird calls
I’ve shared a few images of my husband Andrews’s artwork in the past, but I am really excited to share his latest. Why? Because it is filled with fantabulous plant shapes. Bromeliads, big leafed exotics, and all sorts of crazy things found in the Amazon rainforest. As this piece opens and unfolds the viewer discoverers different adventures playing out in the landscape. Black Howler Monkey. This work was a commissioned piece created for an orchid collector who spends time in the Amazon. There are references to his experiences scattered throughout the work. Like this panel that depicts the time he and his traveling companions were rounded up by the locals, some not so friendly (one old woman’s shouts translated to “just kill them”). This set of three panels is my favorite. I keep telling Andrew that I want to live here, and then he reminds me about the snakes, insects and not so cuddly furry creatures. Ok, he has a point. But look at those plants! I would be happy if even a few of these plants could grow in my garden. Before he put it all together I scanned each image separately to have a record of their details. Some of these are repeats from above, and you’ll probably notice a little color discrepancy between the two sets. Neither one is spot on… the photos look cloudy and the scans are washed out in spots and over saturated in others. Still you can get a better idea of the dense landscape adventure he has created. Like the cobbler's kids with no shoes on their feet my walls are not yet full of these wonderful plant shapes...still I can dream.