Purgatory

A predominantly Black Curvilinear Biomorphic shaped piece, with a multitude of Biomorphic shaped personages, creating a representation of a huge dimly lit auditorium full of “Souls”, all of whom, are staring back through a porthole at the person who is viewing the artwork.
The eyes of each “Soul” utilize Swarovski Crystals that twinkle, and seem to glow, through their refraction of light, intensifying eerie the effect of Eyes looking back at the person viewing the Artwork.
The personages are larger at the front of the painting and brighter in tone; gradually reducing in size and increasing in tone of darkness, giving the illusion of great depth, and a large multitude of Souls. The perimeter of the piece employs a stippling effect of black dots of paint creating texture.

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Comment by Resident Curator on July 2, 2017 at 5:59pm

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Purgatory stands out with its bold achromatic palette against a riot of intense color patterns.  The biomorphic shapes, as you suggest in the accompanying text, suggest depth in a crowd of sentient beings or lost “souls”.  The effect is a bit eerie, even without being to make out the crystalline eyes on my monitor. But as unique as this piece may be, it does remind me of one of my favorite artists, Cuban born printmaker Belkis Ayon. I wonder if you’ve seen her work?  Like this piece, she skillfully created a world of mystical stylized beings inspired by the secret male society, the Abaqua   The title of Purgatory suggests a Judeo- Christian context for these spirit-figures, but the piece is economic enough to evoke many cultural traditions.  

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