This new series "Melodies and Motion", examines the rhythmic movements throughout history that have been part of human existence since its origins, taking the forms of music, dance and rituals that combine both music and movement. In Melodies and Motion, I examine this bonding within communities through the wispy, thin lines created with wire, embellished with sparks of colour, using coloured anodized aluminum, threaded though the wire constructions. These strips of coloured metal symbolize the dancer or dancers as they move in sync to the music as illustrated by the wires. I am translating the expressive physical art form of dance into a secondary static expression that embodies the choreographed motion of dancers and musicians. Music and dance performance has swung throughout history from free form celebratory individual/independent motions to restricted “immoral” dancing to formalized costumed and staged entertainment. As a visual artist I never create without music playing in the background. I am convinced this influences the outcome of my work’s aesthetic ideas and emotions and connects subtly to my audience when in this series.
I am preoccupied by the intuitive journey that paint takes me on with its colour and texture when working with layers that can be revealed through scratching back, rubbing away or lifting, to bring back the history of the previous layers.
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