Cain and Abel
Cain and Abel is a darker painting than what I recently exhibited in Berlin. The work can be read as an abstracted narrative painting of fracturing figures in a kind of embrace, or a fight, in a natural setting. And yet, I have been thinking specifically about the story of Cain and Abel this year while watching racial and political trauma continue to unfold in the U.S.
This work continues my exploration of painting on silk. While I work on other substrates as well, there is an appealing ephemerality to the transparent surface that silk offers. Light passes through the silk but also bounces back out, illuminating the painting. The transparency also allows me to incorporate the frame, as I did in this work. I use a combination of free painting and printed wood forms on the surface of the work.
“Tree Hugger” shows an abstracted skeletal figure merging with the top of a pine tree that is radiating light. The term “tree hugger ” is often used negatively by the political right to refer to someone who is an environmental activist.