The Blue Bridge series started in 2013 when I was studying the concepts of space and atmosphere in painting. As I walked across the bridge, I recall looking up through the lattice work of girders at the sun reflecting through the multitude of angles and was surprised by the “cathedral -like” qualities of the architectural engineering. My early drawings try to reflect this feeling.
A key element of understanding space in art is to note sensations of sight, touch, smell, sound, and emotions. I listened to the sound of traffic going over the bridge and recorded how these sounds look on canvas, ConneXions 1 and 2, 2014. With permission, I scraped pieces of paint and rust from the bridge and incorporated these elements into abstract paintings (name, 2013). I collected iron spikes from the railway to dye crocheted doilies and table napkins (Sculpture 2013).
Railroad spike and rust-dyed doily, Metal and fabric. 8″ X 3″, 2013
Blue Collar Jane, 22′ X 17″ Vellum and acetate, 2013
ConneXion + Xing, Acrylic paint and ink on canvas. 36″ X 48″, 2014
Blue Bridge, Acrylic on Canvas, 54″x66″ Framed, 2014
Blue Day, Acrylic Paint and Rust, 17″x21″, 2012