“Women in Stone”
Last year we took a trip to Ireland. The first day, while my wife was at work, I went to one of my all-time favorite museums, the National Gallery only to find HUGE storm damage had closed all but two galleries.
Sean Scully was having a small show in the rotating gallery space they had set up. I had seen his work of and on over the years but never thought much of it. This time I had a visceral reaction to it. I disliked it on many levels: dead colors, sameness of mark, quality of the paint.
I walked through 5 times making sure I was not just in a bad mood but the looks on the guards faces told me they agreed.
We left the east and drove up to Sligo for a few days, then down to Glin on the Shannon River. I took pictures of wall, fences, burial mounds, city walls, and just about anything made of rocks all along the way.
On a day trip to Limerick I saw a wall made of white rock with brick where a fireplace had been.
The shape and color reminded me of a figure. When I got home I went through some of my recent files and found photos of models and began inserting them into the rock photos.
The result pleased me so I hired models and finished the series you see here.
I hope you enjoy them.All work is in an edition of 50.