I've just completed varnishing, 'antiquing' and archiving thirty-two new retablos and ex-votos from December/ Jan. The majority of the paintings are small oils on metal, approx 125mm x 90mm and seem to be assessing my new American environment and art scene. I've been keeping to smaller works to keep a balance of confidence and development as I've really just come to understand the gravity of our recent move to the USA and how daunting it really is. I've been looking back at some of my painting from 2003 to 2008 where my work shifted focus from NZ to the USA and popular culture, whilst trying to assess how narrative art from the Renaissance has been transformed into the narration of popular culture. When I first arrived in the USA in July, I was treading water and repeating works that I'd done in 2003/2004 to find an equalibrium to help me make the adjustments to living in a new country. After 5 months of painting, this new series of small works, I think, hold the key to my assessment and assimilation into the new country. Useful talismans/heirlooms indeed.

No comments:

Blog Archive