Series of 23 panels, 24" x 13"
acrylic and metallic paint on masonite, sketches for a mural installation
This series reconstructs the intense light and shadow of a city block. Narrow streets pressed between blocks of tall buildings are cast in deep shadow on one side and blinding sun on the other, while all perpendicular surfaces are etched in high relief. In this stark light, scenes reminiscent of Greek drama unfold. Environment overpowers the human, yet character shows in every gesture and circumstance. Individuals act out their personal myths as they inhabit the city streets and their inner lives. The palette is reduced to the basics of light and shadow: black, white, yellows, and dark blue, with metallic gold and silver for highlight and reflection.