|Ode To Ellsworth|
painted paper collage on wc paper
15" x 18"
He died several years ago but prior to his death, he gifted the concept of a building design, called Austin, to the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas. The article link is worth a read if only to learn just how much faith and effort went in to completing Kelly's "chapel" design. It isn't a religious space so much as it is a space to contemplate spirituality, if that makes sense. He meant it to be aesthetic only but after seeing the spareness and beauty of the colored light coming through the windows, I can't help but wonder how anyone couldn't be moved by the non spiritual/spiritual experience.
In any case, I was drawn to one of the windows in the chapel which looks like a rainbow burst of light. I made my own version of that window as a sort of centerpiece of the above work. I love any kind of a chance to use rainbows in my work and so my own "Ellsworth window" satisfies that need.
As always, I wish I had another artist's sensibility. (I have my own which is fine but still.) Kelly's thought processes and execution of his ideas seems amazing to me: to be able to distill something complex down into something simple and pleasing. What a gift.
This is my first finish of 2019 . It feels like a solid start to me and I am hoping I won't falter or stray too much this year from my own ideas and perceptions. Here's to a good year!