In the Shadow of the Cave Painters
An extensive drawing series began to evolve for me using Conté pastels some time before 1990. A sense of form in light was captured from the texture of the paper depicting ethereal imagery. About ten years later, a moment of absentminded musing with leather scraps prompted a sculpture series. What content I was searching for and what shapes could be formed out of hard, “Oak Tanned” leather became clear from studying African tribal masks. Leather construction techniques I invented in earlier years became integrated with the inherently primordial nature of the material. Sensing that this was a trail I needed to follow, inquiry into other ancient cultures inevitably led me to revisit photos of the neolithic cave paintings of Lascaux and Altamira. This time around I was awestruck by the magical beauty and elegant simplicity those first great artists realized with only the most primitive materials and traditions. The primal nature of their subject matter, the palpably coarse feel of their drawing materials on the rough cave surfaces inspired a final leap. My original Conté series on paper had transformed into large, gritty, pastel drawings on canvas. The primeval, the archetypal, the shamanic and sacred, are now the sources as well as the intent of my imagery.
Selected Group Exhibits