I have always been visually drawn to human faces and heads – the eyes, nose mouth, hair and skin. A face can tell so much about a life lived, evidence common family traits, and connect us to each other. The head is where our consciousness lies. It houses the intellect and sits atop the body.
Sometimes illness, age, and disease rob us of our ability to recognize the ones we have spent our lives with - forgetting and losing our history; our children, friends and family are no longer recognizable. There comes to the eyes a searching to try to recognize or make sense of what we are seeing and try to remember a common connection.
The paintings and drawings in this series are not of any particular person or portrait. They are faces and heads that I have discovered as I worked on each piece.
For the drawings I began by pouring charcoal powder onto paper and then pressing two sheets together. With the paintings I began by pouring paint onto the canvas and then allowing it to drip and move across and down the canvas. I then worked to find a face that emerges from the mark making itself.
It is my intention with this work to search out and capture that fleeting moment when two souls see and encounter each other and for that brief second they try to recognize something common or familiar about their connection.