Recently invited to the art show, which ran from April to June, at Tucson’s Etherton’s Temple Gallery during the run of stage play “Red” about the artist Mark Rothko. Below is my artist statement.
Rothko’s large paintings at first may seem as variations on one another, but each one or series creates a strong mood, emotion, for him and his viewers. While he made his latter works devoid of any object or scene, for the most part mine are not. But, I want my works to view and feel differently depending on how far or close one gets to them. The emotions that one goes through seeing something at a distance, just discerning shapes and color or the lack of it, I hope grows, changes and contrasts with the mood that is produced as one gets closer to it. Through this visual transformation, I imagine ones thought processes kicking in trying to make sense of things that may be nonsense, reaching recognition and then, a reversal from the objective to the emotional, allegorical again.
This photographic diptych from my series Break Even, Break Even XII,Warning, produces that progression of thought and emotion for me. At a distance, it appears as textured rectangular blocks of color, warm but alerting. Closer, details in the two desert meadow scenes taken in Catalina State Park can be discerned. The reddening of the lower portion gives pause to one visually entering the hidden dangers, more visible now, at the top. An allegory of life’s issues and an internal journey is the best way that I can describe what I hope viewers experience. I know I have. – Diana Yakowitz
22″ x 24″ photo diptych, Archival pigmented ink on Museo Silver Rag, mounted on bamboo board. One of a kind.
11″ x 11″ limited edition of 25, archival pigmented ink on Museo Silver Rag.
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