I pursued this theme as “art therapy”, going into dark places in my life and beyond. Like sitting in front of the fire on a dark winters night and telling ghost stories, there is a sort of comfort in facing demons. Like the Yin and Yang, we can only appreciate the light if we have seen the darkness. The challenge for me is obtaining a balance, moving from despair to hope.
This painting, “Tribute to the Unknown Woman”, came about in recent political settings, but also brings up a lifetime of memories, stories of friends, relatives and experiences of women. One can find pain, fragility, tragedy, and beauty in the objects brought together to engage in a challenge with no real answers, only compassion and hopefully, respect.