A Complex Grief

These expressive ink drawings speak of the resonance of history  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.
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.