We live in transitory time, in the passage of time, we are mortal; like Michelangelo's allegorical statues, Night and Day & Dawn and Dusk, which represent all phases of human experience. The statues of Night and Day symbolize the time that consumes all things; Dawn and Dusk symbolize hours and phases of human drama played out in the rapid flux of time.
This series came about in 2007. I have had a long fascination with the combined effect of light and time on landscapes. I have been in awe of the light I have experienced in the landscape at different times of day and in different seasons. I wanted to explore it further through my painting.
The fleeting time and loss of light that we experience towards twilight, the light that gradually gets stronger with every minute becomes morning, becomes the day; the mysteries of the darkness, and the pockets of earthly, and unearthly lights that appear in the urban night. The brightness of the sun that can be so strong it blurs so that one looks to shade for comfort. We feel a variety of affects from light seen in different times.
I am most interested in the quiet long moments we can find in these places, in a life that is fleeting, and in a fast paced society; a moment in time; simplicity of time; space and intimacy in time. This time is cherished and idyllic.
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