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One-Liners

Nothing is an island. Playing into the notion that everything is connected is the single line that each One-Liner painting contains.

 

I challenged myself to draw the lines without stopping, to not think too much about what I was doing and let whatever was in my subconscious come out. What consistently emerged were sensual shapes that almost seemed to be dancing with one another. 

 

Inspiration was also drawn from the Anishinaabe artist, Norval Morrisseau. Growing up in Canada, my first exposure to First Nations art and Morrisseau in particular came through my family’s art collection. While working as a nurse in Ontario in 1951, my grandmother even met him as he recovered from an illness. As he received care, she gave him oil paints and shirt cardboards to paint on.

 

The elements in his paintings are often interconnected by lines, which I always found humbling. They invited reflection around the ripple effects of our actions and the importance of taking care around what we do and say.

 

Thus, the One-Liner series is an attempt to playfully encapsulate and serve as a reminder of how precious life is, how nothing is truly isolated.

 

Elephant I, 36 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas

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Departure, 48 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas

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Untitled I, 48 x 60 inches, acrylic on canvas

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Untitled II, 48 x 60 inches, acrylic on canvas

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On the Horizon, 48 x 24 inches, acrylic on canvas

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Untitled III, 24 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas

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Untitled IV, 36 x 48 inches, acrylic on canvas

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Untitled V, 30 x 40 inches, acrylic on canvas

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Top left: Untitled VII

Top right: Untitled VIII

Bottom left: Untitled X

Bottom right: Untitled IX

 

20 x 24 inches each, acrylic on canvas

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The Dancers (Vishnu) [left] and The Dancers (Kali) [right], 48 x 48 inches each, acrylic on canvas, SOLD

These paintings represent the energy and counterclockwise movement of the Hindu goddess, Kali and clockwise movement of the Hindu god, Vishnu. Together they are a diptych called The Dancers. When you rotate both paintings about 135 degrees clockwise you can see that Vishnu is in a meditation pose, representing stillness and preservation, while Kali, who represents creation and destruction, appears to have four arms in motion.

Untitled VI, 48 x 48 inches, acrylic on canvas, SOLD; watch the making of this painting on YouTube

Round Two, 20 x 24 inches, acrylic on canvas, SOLD