12/19/2007

Am I "Yearning" ?




This morning when I opened my email and read Patti's latest alphabet essay Y is for Yearning the first photo image was such a serendipity.

I looked at the picture and remembered this collage from last year. When I made it I cut the girl from an old calendar of Impressionsist paintings. I have also often visited the real painting in the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

Perhaps the "yearning" Paul Gauguin put into this child's face in Breton Girls Dancing is why the painting continues to speak to us.


Is yearning why I was drawn to this child?

" Where do we come from?
What are we?
Where are we going?" Paul Gauguin

Thinking about my impulse when I made the collage reminds me of Luciano Penay, artist - professor emeritus at American University. Luciano guided me through my painting thesis when I was a garduate student at AU. I would drag in a load of paintings. We would set them up around the studio. After quiet looking for a time - a very long time it seemed to me - Luciano would ask, " These are the answers. What were your questions?"

Again, thanks to Patti for leading me to think more deeply about the art work. Who knows where that will take me.

I will play as long as I can.

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