Land Art in the Park for Olot, Spain’s Fir del Dibuix (Art Fair) 2017
Constructed from all indigenous materials available in the park.
I am off to an all expense paid Artist Residency in Olot, Spain (just north of Barcelona) for 10 days to work with a group of scholars on Religion and the World in the 21st century. I will be the artist at Faber Residency and this image is the base canvas that I will be using for a 6’x12′ panel to overlay a rhizome work of art similar to Picasso’s Guernica, which I will stop and see in Madrid before I begin. I will also be participating in the local Art Festival as the “Sculptor in the Park”
NEXT BIG PROJECT: In conjunction with Branislav Jankic, I will be creating a large installation piece for a Denver 2018 exhibition to tell stories that bring light to the nuances and complexities of people dealing with substance use or addition.
Supported by Elephant Circle and COLOR foundations.
New “White on White” art exhibiting across the states at various galleries in 2017. WHITE HORSE IS SOLD! Text art is presently at Beatnik Gallery in Sacramento, California. Opening 10/6/17
New Paintings at Artwork Network Gallery on Santa Fe Drive, Denver.
Topic: Refugees – In My Father’s Arms exhibiting at the Denver State Capital
Palingenesis – Resilient Regeneration and Rebirth
Palingenesia is a theory of rebirth or recreation used in various contexts in philosophy, theology, politics and biology. I chose to use this concept in my art to illustrate the condition of surpassed hope that I witnessed during two visits to Palestine. The stratified conditions of living, due to the occupation of Israel on Palestinian land, has created an injustice and an elusive hope for peace and sustainability in the region.
The 194 pairs of shoes in this piece represent the people of the land, in all its diversity. The number 194 reflects the non-binding, ineffective 1948 UN Resolution 194 stating, “refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date…” The olive tree seedlings in each shoe embodies hope in its genesis state. Cultivating an olive tree seed takes much time, devotion and persistence, as does the rebirth or re-creation of a nation. The olive tree is sacred to the inhabitants of Palestine. It is a hardy resistant plant with a robust root system capable of regenerating itself even when destroyed. The olive branch is a symbol of peace, power, fertility and purity.
The viewing public is invited to take one of the packaged seedlings to nurture in their homes as a sign of compassion and support towards justice for Palestinians in their homeland. In exchange, please leave a brief statement of your thoughts and/or prayers on this matter.
I have decided to start oil painting! So I begin with a self portrait. Check out my new painting in the Portfolio.
2015 Collage for Diaspora Exhibition in Bethlehem, Palestine at the Diyar Art Center
Bring Back Our Girls: The story of artist Sandra Ceas’ rendition of the Chibok abductions – Visit link below to review the sale and presentation of this work of art.
2015 Lincoln Center – Fort Collins, Colorado
A call to action for artists all around the country with the idea that artists challenge us to see the world in new ways, providing insights into our times and our lives. Guest Juror was Ivar Zeile. the owner/director of contemporary Plus Gallery in Denver, and Jack Curfman was the Exhibition Designer.
2015 How Can a Ghost Bleed
Show Catalog : We Have on This Earth what Makes Life Worth Living