Visions of Self is the first annual show of the Women’s Voices, Women’s Vision group of Yosemite Sierra Artists. The show features over 100 female artists from 10 countries, with work including the subjects of self-portraiture, environment, emotions, and state of being.
Co-Curators: Wendy Denton & Jennifer Moss
Judges: Michele Ellis Pracy, Executive Director/Chief Curator Fresno Art Museum & Diane Breuer, Artist & Former Gallery Owner
This piece is part of a series featuring song lyrics turned into abstract art. I had gotten myself out of an incredibly toxic situation and was working hard to break the cycles and energetic patterns that had gotten me into the situation in the first place. That’s exactly what the song “Million Reasons” is about, and it resonated so deeply with my journey. As I worked through the painting, nothing felt right. Nothing I did seemed to work. I began thinking of the life lesson behind it, and maybe what the painting was teaching me was that I could no longer do things the same way if I expected to grow and evolve, as a person, and as an artist. It was time to forge a new way of being, as difficult and uncomfortable as the process was and can be. What you see in the photo is layers upon layers; layers of anger, layers of sadness, layers of passion and desperation. I put everything I had left onto the canvas, millions of little words, feelings and reasons – to leave my old life behind.
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