Three paintings on the front page of my website are part of a small work series influenced by masks from around the world. Since I have taken artistic license to abstract them into my Plastic Space abstract form, I have given them the surname of “Maruvian” to represent my business name and then give credit to where or from whom the group of people the ancient mask actually originated. An example of one is “Maruvian Kran Mask”. I began trying to do a painting a day and post the results on social media but ran into a snag. I was not using acrylics and the oils took too long to set so I could finish the background effects. It left me being able to do a painting each 4-6 days depending on how quick the oils set up. The total collection of fast small works for the Month of May 2013 is 29 …10×10 canvases and three 24×24 in the set. I won’t begin to tell how many hours in the day were devoted to each one of these but many were devoted to sketching the idea and then actually painting. I must thank my thoughtful husband, Alee for reminding me of the time and making sure I eat regularly and rest. It’s great and a blessing to have such an understanding partner that supports what I do.
Well, after finishing the series of 29, they were on exhibit with other Maruvian Masks at my solo exhibition in Stone Mountain at the Clothesline Gallery on July 4th, 2014. After the exhibition, I was relaxing and had several of the small works still sitting in my front room. As I looked at them, I began to sketch an idea of adding a bottom to the mask to see how that would look. I sketched a couple and set them aside as I got distracted with other things…LIFE! In December of 2015 I re-visited the sketches and decided to follow up with the idea. I got the canvases, 10” x 20” and began to paint up the idea for the first which was the “Maruvian Oceanic Mask” illustrated above this article. Putting the two canvases together to make one image worked very well creating a diptych (which means two canvases used to make one image) where I have added the bottom half to one of the small work series which was finished on December 30, 2015. So I completed two more in January of 2016. I purposely painted two with a very hot pallet and the one for the center has a cooler pallet to let the eyes rest when viewing the three together.
I plan to enter these into the African Americans for the Arts Membership Juried exhibition, “The Colors of My Mind” for January 31-February 26, 2016 at the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library. If you get a chance to stop by for the reception on February 4 from 5:00-7:00 PM and see them for yourself, the artists will be there to meet with you and answer all questions. There will be refreshments and there is no cost. Hope to see you there!