I made a little video of our most recent works from The Collective. Inspired by our talk in Asheville a few months ago, I reflected on the visual conversation going on in these artworks. I also went back and read our letters in the book we mail back and forth. These ten pieces represent about a year of work.
I am interested in how our words AND art inspire new work. It would be a good exercise, in a few years, to note when and how one connected series ends and a new one begins. Initially, when I received your newest abstract painting, I thought we were starting a new conversation (maybe we are) because it didn’t seem to connect with the earlier work. But as I spread out all our work and read our letters I now see you are creating beyond the literal and into the metaphorical. This is what I was referring to about observation drawing in my previous letter. Can realism be abstract? Can abstraction be realism? Perhaps this conversation is between the artist and the viewer. When I look at the abstract work of Josef Albers, Mark Rothko, and Helen Frankenthaler I feel more than think.
That feeling is real….therefore realism, right?
So with these thoughts dancing around in my mind, I began creating. I incorporated a few colors from your most recent abstract piece and added it to the negative spaces of the maple leaves. I used the maple leaf inspired by my earlier maple tree seed drawing. We don’t get the fall color as you do up north. I miss it!