|Addie, 48" x 60", acrylic, gesso, charcoal and soft pastel on canvas|
I didn't work on the sculpture that inspired this painting for very long...actually probably only five days for ten hours in total. But very shortly after I took the photo, I knew the colors and layout. I only spent two days on this painting, about five hours in total. The first day it took me almost three hours to draw the figure in charcoal onto the canvas and then use black gesso and pastel to fill in the bottom portion. On the second day I attacked the figure and the top portion. I had no idea it would take so little time, but there was a point when it felt ready. The energy expended was exhausting, but the endorphins that coursed through me once the work was complete kept me from falling asleep.
It was this painting that created the title for the series: "Becoming." It's the moment when you realize you're alive...that moment between life and death when eternity seems possible. As humans become more robotic, enlightenment, even brief patches, is God.