Inspired by young memories of my late father dancing to the beat of his seed-filled gourd he rhythmically shook with every other step.Dressed head to toe in animal skins and feathers, from his feather headdress to his beaded moccasins. Festooned in feathers, the everlasting essence, the spirit is represented as the bird skeleton. The dance is flowing.
The original image is a monotype I created with soy ink and drawing materials. There are two versions of Bird Dancer that I painted at the same time. Often, when I'm in the process of making art, certain physical choices such as which color to use or which shape or line to create, or what emotions are coming through while I'm working and which one of those emotions I want to expand upon and observe become pivotal points in the piece. These are some of the choices that happen with artistic creation. Monotypes are the art form within which I most enjoy making these choices because the printing aspect of the monotype adds a dimension of chance and failure that provokes my response.
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