In many cultures, birds are messengers bringing good or bad omens from the spirit world, symbols of transcendence or freedom from earthly restraints. This series of oil paintings named CROW AND HANDS is inspired by personal memories from my childhood, expressed through a semi-abstract representation of the figure of a bird and a pair of hands. The hands may be releasing the crow or attempting to capture the crow. Either way, the paintings use personal associations while also being open to the deep-rooted symbolism of birds.
All of these paintings were produced during the height of the COVID-19 lockdown and pandemic in 2020 and 2021. I am sure that the memory of crows came back to me in my studio partly to express that need to escape from the confinement we all felt. The work is also influenced by a long study of Georges Braque’s bird paintings and the way in which recognizable objects and symbols are painted in a way that is alive to abstract organization and lively mark-making.
The exhibition will comprise 16 paintings sized from 8 inches x 6 inches to 12 inches x 12 inches, with one painting measuring 24 inches by 18 inches.
I was born in the UK and moved to the USA in 2002. Selected honors include more than 20 solo and group shows in the USA and Europe, representing the USA at the 2015 Global Print Biennial, and having two books added to the Joan Flasch Artist' Books Collection at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. Full CV here.