Prayer Flag (Green)
April 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 12 in.
So it’s not all pandemic gloom-and-doom here at Magicgroove studio. There’s also pandemic hopefulness. Okay, if not hopefulness then at least the sharing of positive intention and an interlude of grace.
The Prayer Flags series was created in March and April of this year, in that ancient time when it seemed all of us were pulling together, engaged in a common purpose and treating one another with generosity even amid chaos, suffering, and loss. In that time before our leaders turned us against one another, and we realized that our nation, fatefully, was not capable of resisting the virus.
My work thrived with so much solitude, with the new opportunity to focus and explore in the midst of intense changes. The prayer flags appeared, each one an improvisation, a mix of accident and intention. Release of control followed by response, followed again by release of control. I am perfectly happy working that way, despite the moments of apprehension. I know that forging ahead and letting go are necessary to get to a new place.
And people responded, somewhat to my surprise with abstract work.
You know what? It was hope.