I'm still putting together the pieces of what these odd and beautiful spaces mean to me. It's such a special place and one I feel that is not entirely mine to share...yet. I could only muster up the guts to post these three photos.
I visit collections to gather reference material for paintings but more importantly to gain an understanding of the space where the outdoors and the indoors meet. Ah yes...the ghastly overwhelming topic of nature vs. man. What better place to research the subject than inside a man-made building filled with animal carcasses?
Okay, the outdoors comes face to face with the indoors...let's do this. At first I thought of this space as a gentle overlay of two places but the more time I spend there, I realize that it is more like a delicate intersection and delicate does not translate to peaceful. It is an environment where conflict often begins. Take a tree root and a city sidewalk for example - one is constantly trying to overtake the other.
So visiting and documenting specimen collections is how I explore this concept while indoors. Got it - check. I found the reverse when on my recent artist residency at Madrono Ranch. What is one way to explore this concept while I'm outdoors? The photos below did it for me. Freakin' reflections...who knew?
So what does all of this mean? I have no idea.
All I know is that I'm going to keep doing it.