Artwork/Portfolios > 2020 Tourbillion Paintings

Tourbillion 8
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 40"
2020
Tourbillion 7
Acrylic on canvas
14 x 14"
2020
Tourbillion 6
Acrylic on canvas
14 x 14"
2020
Tourbillion 5
Acrylic on canvas
18 x 14"
2020
Tourbillion 11
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24"
2020
Tourbillion 10
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24"
2020
Tourbillion 4
Acrylic on canvas on panel
16 x 12"
2019
Tourbillion 3
Acrylic on canvas on panel
16 x 12"
2019
Tourbillion 2
Acrylic on canvas on panel
16 x 12"
2019
Tourbillion 1
Acrylic on canvas on panel
16 x 12"
2019

I made the "Tourbillion Paintings" in early January through early March of 2020, just as I was recovering from the initial grief of unexpectedly loosing my father the prior September. Retrospectively I see that they accurately reflect my sense of shock at the loss of my family of origin's hub. Maybe I was looking to re-anchor my psychic center's gravity-shaken state. Note the stark differences between this series and several other earlier portfolios. In most of what I painted between 2002-2019 I heavily relied on a either a radially symmetrical compositional structure, and/or on other geometrics. In these paintings neither of those devices exists because I was physically and emotionally whirling.

Another point of interest may be that I realized the "Tourbillion Paintings" in my Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts studio where for several years I spent about two thirds of my studio time. Then on March 12, 2020 the deadly pandemic shut down New York state. Though EFA re-opened many months later, I had already relocated to my upstate home and studio, where I previously worked during summer and winter breaks. Again, in regards to the dramatic geographical and creative practice changes, the small "Tourbillion Paintings" series is telling and, thanks to a former student who suggested the title, aptly titled.

Finally, an observation about these pieces that Jen Dragon made during an early 2021 visit to my studio was how they pre-figure my "Pandemic Paintings". She thinks the black gestures here explain the underlying structure of the immediately following series.