“When somebody's wearing a mask, he's gonna tell you the truth - when he's not wearing a mask, it's highly unlikely." Bob Dylan
In the twilight between disparate parts of ourselves, elements emerge that can't be seen in either the high-noon light or the midnight dark.
We live always in some form of twilight: it's where the tension is, where the interest is... where the mystery is.
This series "speaks" to me genuinely; and in a language I can't understand. Thank God for that. I guess faces have stories. In my work as a psychotherapist, I delve deeply into the infinite nuance of non-verbal human expression... These great people have a lot on their minds. The story is all there - in the face.
FINE ART SERIES
My partner Francine Zaslow looked at these and saw them as "conversations..." I loved this. Each character is in a unique "frame" of their own making.
I have, of course, no idea what they might be saying... and that's just right. They are certainly not using a language my thinking brain-machine can fathom.
FINE ART SERIES
I think I've been drawing faces as far back as I can remember. I am amazed at how easily the mind believes a face, any face, is "alive..."
They probably are.
Characters emerge out of a black paint outline of a face and are "fleshed out" by various means and mediums. I try to "follow" the inky gesture's already emerging posture and personality, rather than bending it to some small-minded "will." By weaving color into the mix, another facet of the story is lit up.
I was then moved to draw these overly-complex "hieroglyphs" and began to blanket the surface of the faces, helping to define their contours, and to reveal some encoded, imprinted, "graffiti tattoo DNA-strand essence" that scientists and their scientist great- great-grandchildren will be unpacking for centuries...