Cool Painting… what does it mean? What was the story behind it? Why were you compelled to make it? How long did it take you?
I find that when people are drawn to artwork, these are just some of the questions that are going through their heads. Something catches their eye and keeps them exploring.
Since I too am asked these questions, I’ve decided to create several blog posts going forward to explain what my work is about and what compelled me to create it. My goal is to bring more meaning, understanding and appreciation for each piece. I also hope it helps ignite curiosity and enthusiasm in you, my reader.
Avagadro’s Number and Face Your Fears are two paintings with similar messages. They both are very personal and have to do with dyslexia. Avagadro’s Number was a formula I learned in high school chemistry class. I loved my teacher, but hated numbers and formulas. Mainly because I wasn’t good at it. Unbeknownst to me or my teachers, I was dyslexic and was not diagnosed until my mid-twenties – three years after graduating college. I loved science and learning about the periodic tables, but could not wrap my head around the numbers and letters that were needed to complete an equation. Out of frustration, I would ask my chemistry teacher ‘when will I ever use this formula?’ Well, I found a use a few decades later! The formula 6.022×1023 particles and some of the periodic table are embedded in this piece. Other numbers and letters are floating around the girl who is having an awful time putting them together. She is pushing them away – willing them to leave her alone. But I found a way to bring them together in harmony, finally! (FYI – Avogadro’s Law is the relation which states that at the same temperature and pressure, equal volumes of all gases contain the same number of molecules. The law was described by Italian chemist and physicist Amedeo Avogadro in 1811.) taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avogadro_constant
Face Your Fears is a painting of a boxer – dressed as a Betty Boop like character. Shadows are cast around her and following her. The words ‘face your fears’ are above her and there are number and letters pouring down on her. Yep, that represent me and dealing with my fears and inadequacies of ‘not being smart enough’ and not believing in myself. Also, not knowing how to change the situation. Since then, I’ve learned to laugh at my mistakes, ask for help, understand some of my limitations while still trying to dare greatly.
The original and prints of Face your fears is available here. Avagadro’s Number is no longer available.
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