A Complex Grief

These expressive ink drawings speak of the resonance of history and war within visceral, intergenerational memory.  I make photographic studies of local roses and respond to them in my studio.  As I engage with these small remembrances, they begin to  appear as plumes of bombs seen from above. Sometimes they seem like glimpses of landscape through a break in the clouds. I also imagine them as broken voices or wounds; and then, because of the sheen of the ink, they become  watermarks of grief. While making these rose portraits I feel grounded; they become touchstones linking my present to my past. My ancestral inheritance, although painful and complex is nevertheless the reality from which I’ve emerged through the transformative presence of beauty and compassion.
Here is a  video artist’s talk about the work ( 5 minutes). With thanks to Efren Quiroz of Exhibit-V
A Complex Grief was shown at the exhibition Interworld at Arc.hive Artist Run Centre  May 3rd to 12th, 2019.