Nothing is an island. Playing into the notion that everything is connected is the single line that each One-Liner painting contains.
Initially, 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 often contain animals and people that are interconnected by lines and the idea of highlighting an invisible connection with a physical line resonated.
In this series, I'm creating a composition and telling stories through a single continuous line. If "dots are a way to infinity," as the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama once said, then lines are a way to connect those dots and tell stories along the way. The One-Liners series demonstrates that one thought leads to another thought, one action leads to another action, and it's not clear where anything really starts or stops.
Interestingly, the lines themselves are unchanging in the paintings, yet, like our memories, there is a certain amount of malleability due to the viewer's interpretation. Everyone will see something different in the composition based on their own perception. Even for the individual, something different might stand out or resonate on a different day.
Original paintings available for sale are indicated below; prints are available here.