i created this two piece in my first years in Pittsburgh "long gone" is a two part piece art work included in a group show titled "Rust Belt Ruminations". (Painting & embroidered handkerchief) i am madly sentimental and enjoyed playing with the idea of our history. (cont below)
I excitedly studied things of Pittsburgh history after first moving here 15 years ago The paintings edge holds images of demolished buildings and areas once in Pittsburgh Most often, these were wonderful places! Vibrant lower Hill District, Luna Amusement park, Marketplace in Allegheny City (northside) ...etc painted in a swirl of steel mill smog , that although shockingly grotesque to us, I tried to capture my imagined its moody brooding beauty . all in a swirl.
Ironically, the art gallery this showed in is gone now too ;)
This painting was made in spirit of things that belong somewhere, yet still don't.
In my new venture as full time artist, I feel finally in my right place again. Yet sometimes I feel it looks something like this. Sure a ship belongs in water, but not all bodies of it.
I grew up at the oceanside, where Tall Ships came the summer I turned 10.
My father was a translator for the ship from France! As a perk, we went aboard their ship and attended a evening party under a tent filled with band music (and drinks, merriment). It is the only time I ever saw my parents dance together. They moved like the gliding of Fred and Ginger. A secret talent revealed! I will never forget it, even when everyone else has.
Have you ever heard a ship creak?
The painting title is a play on words ;)
Im positive a tall ship in this creek would creak.
My grandmother suffered loss of her own daughter within the year I was born. The result was a bond between us as she processed her grief while doting on me
We were inseparable.
She had a career as a dancer before marrying my grandfather, who insisted she stopped dancing. Do you wonder why? She told me why.
(ask me the answer:))