Friday, November 17, 2017

Opening


On a recent walk, I took a shortcut through a high school. I came upon an open garden with a charming wood door on one side. I could have entered the garden through any point across the grass, but the doorway stood like an invitation to cross its threshold. 

While I could see the raised beds of kale and chard clearly as I approached, there was a part of me that felt like a child about to enter a place of possibilities. I stood at the door, hand on the doorknob, and found myself not wanting to enter. 

My imagination was sparked. I recalled a book I loved as a child, The Secret Garden. I thought of my children's favorites—The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Harry Potter, where magic portals—a wardrobe and Platform 9 3/4, are openings through which children are transported to other worlds. 

I felt the need, and still do, to create a world that is uniquely mine, where there are no walls to keep what is beyond the openings in my imagination contained. 

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"Openings" is a digital artwork created with three photographs I took—one of the garden doorway at my neighborhood high school I just described, one of people in India walking down a street and, one of a painting I'd just begun, with all its drips. 

Prints of this artwork will be available for purchase soon on my website.







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