“We forget about the bulb, how it lives in a world of stillness, of darkness and dirt, invisible, yet trusting that one day, from deep within, a spike will swell and thrust itself into the world above.

That is the moment of raptus for an artist, when suddenly, with great intensity, an image erupts from within, shines forth, fusing dark soot and flaming soul.” Notebooks, 10-7-2017

Raptus. Stage 1

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Raptus. Stage 2

Raptus . Stage 3

The series of Soot and Soul consists of four movements:

            The Hemlock Suite (7 panels)

            After the Storm (5 panels)

            Raptus ( 3 panels)

            Midway (1 panel, to be posted.)

These 16 works are all executed in the same technique on Formica panels. Each panel consists of a layer of Formica backed with two layers of doorskin. They measure 57” x 27”.

Lampblack oilpaint, litho ink, lithographic pencil. Scars made by lithographic levigator. Techniques borrowed from printmaking, monotype.



The Lily Within

“I am drawing the first large sketch of the final panel of Raptus, and I am struggling. I draw and erase, draw and erase. I know the anatomy of the lily, how the leaves unzip from a common seam, how they arch outward with the tips curled backward, how the body is elongated like a trumpet. They have three sepals and three petals. They have six stamen with anthers pivoting on tiny filaments, they have a style and stigma that juts out from the center.

I know the vocabulary, I can draw each part. The problem is: I don’t want to draw the lily in front of me, I want to draw the lily within, that invisible flower filled with emotion, with longing, a pistil at one with the stars.” Notebooks, 10-8-2017