Roots moving downward, anchoring, stabilizing, securing, connecting us to the past, to ancestors, nature spirits. . .roots drawing us into the earth for soul nourishing and exploring of treasure filled caverns of dark and light. . .shining jewels and bones of instincts long repressed, dark secrets, powerful allies, fossils of incomparable value, small creatures who live in earthen tunnels and are blind in sun, who gnaw on roots for nourishment and find protection in invisibility. . .a hidden staircase whose entrance lies hidden behind rock and inside tree trunks, descending in spirals . . .
This painting, the second in the Roots and Wings series I’ve just started, continues my fascination with crinkled Masa paper but also this theme of the figure entwined in nature, the human as inextricable part of nature, growing out of the earth like some exotic mushroom.
Looking back I realize that this has been a theme for me for years now. I’m always wanting to paint the figure as an organic shape sprouting leaves or growing out of rocks. (see my web gallery) Maybe I have a new name for this series, but I’m more consistent in my painting content than I thought!