Post-Surrealist painting by Helen Lundeberg - 1935

This painting tells so many stories about the temporality of life - connecting the potential of the future with the contemplativeness of the present.  So much symbolism and a powerful dream like image with a lot of messages.  

"In Double Portrait, Helen Lundeberg incorporated different figures and objects to symbolize the stages of her life. The time on the clock represents the child’s age of two and a quarter, and the blank paper suggests her unknown future. She holds a flower bud to emphasize her undeveloped state, whereas the adult figure holds a blooming flower to show that she has experienced sex and love. Lundeberg connected the young girl to the grown woman with a shadow to suggest that the two parts of her life are “psychologically bridged.” The subdued tones and flat colors create a mysterious world where the shadow hovers like a ghost over the shoulders of both figures." [source]

 Helen Lundeberg,  Double Portrait of the Artist in Time , 1935, oil on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1978.51 Smithsonian American Art Museum

Helen Lundeberg, Double Portrait of the Artist in Time, 1935, oil on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1978.51
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Lee Mullican - Peyote Candle, 1951

I have recently discovered the paintings of Lee Mullican (1919-1998), american painter and art teacher.  Peyote Candle (1951) is such an intriguing world of subtle line and colour.  It drew me in and it reminded me of some of the textures I created in Digital Alchemy. 
I find this painting very beautiful and still and peaceful despite all the action of the lines and shapes.

"Mullican was inspired by the peyote rituals of the Native American Church, which uses the psychedelic cactus to produce hallucinations and synesthesia."
Visit: http://lacmaonfire.blogspot.com/2017/03/huntington-buys-lee-mullicans-peyote.html

 Lee Mullican,  Peyote Candle,  1951. Oil on canvas, 50 x 35 in. Recently acquired by The Huntington.

Lee Mullican, Peyote Candle, 1951. Oil on canvas, 50 x 35 in. Recently acquired by The Huntington.

Seeing Sound Symposium 2018

The bi-annual Seeing Sound Symposium took place at Bath Spa University from the 23-25 March 2018. The director of the symposium Joseph Hyde put together an exciting and innovative programme of papers, screenings, performances and installations. I attended the symposium and had a piece screened at it and now sharethe highlights of the event for me.

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Len Lye - A Sound Day

Len Lye focused on one sense each day, taking inspiration from his own environment or impression or what came to his attention on a given day. Here I talk about a sound day in the spirit of a Len Lye sound day.

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