one thousand strengths

A little bit about this body of work:

For the past year I have been captivated by the idea of strength.  Not the weight-lifting-bench-pressing strength exhibited by surly men in vitamin ads; but the common quiet strength that we look past every day. There is much in our daily lives that require not just action to do, but a measure of ourselves that is uncomfortable, that requires us to choose how to respond. We can face to these things with hopelessness, anger and frustration; or we can choose to face them with hope and strength.

I have found myself surrounded by people facing each day, no matter what the hardship is, with strength and joy and hope. Each one different and each beautiful. They overlap with one another, challenge one another, and uphold one another – most of the time without even knowing it.

One Thousand Strengths is about this in many ways. There are layers and forms supporting and balancing quietly from underneath. The paintings build on the wood, lines overlapping and interconnecting on different layers of wax so that they don’t actually touch, but they appear as if they do.  Every line is important, every color of value to the whole, sharing the weight of the image together.

These painting are my mapping of these thoughts and relationships. In them you will see the friends, families and perfect strangers that have overlapped, challenged, and upheld me in the past many months.