The bird as a symbol has appeared in other works in this series. Like a young girl, birds are fragile. Their footing can seem tenuous. And, as in folk tales and stories, the bird can be a messenger and guide. I placed this bird in the branches with the girl and then partially hid her through subtle coloring. . Like messages themselves: sometimes hidden. But present if you are quiet. And patient. And open.
Aren’t dreams astonishing? As we sleep and darkness envelopes us, inside our heads unexplainable combinations of images and events create stories and suggestions. Remembering them, they don’t always make sense, Trying to remember them is not always possible, and yet there will be a nagging sense of having been someplace or having experienced something. In “Wingwalker,” I have drawn from dream and imaginary imagery. The parts tell a story: there is a journey, a sense of danger, the suggestion of possibilities, and juxtaposition of unlike elements. Awaking from this vision… what will have been experienced?
(My 3-panel work “Wingwalker” is included in the Nocturnes exhibit at Arts on Douglas in New Smyrna Beach, exhibiting till July 29. Such an interesting variety of works inspired by the concept of nocturnes. Nocturnes in music have a romantic or dreamy character suggestive of the night. In the visual arts, nocturnes deal more with the elements of nighttime.)