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Musical Chairs

Musical Chairs

Piece description from the artist

The Fish Series began in 2013, the year I became the grandmother of two grandsons, one born very prematurely and at great risk. Abstract images gave way to a desire to paint more realistically. One day a fish unexpectedly jumped into one of my paintings, and I was compelled to discover and understand its meaning, especially because I usually find fish repulsive.

I learned that the fish is sacred in many cultures, that it represents fertility, femininity, creativity, good luck, prophecy and wisdom, change and transformation. Water suggests the womb and the unconscious mind.

Feeling compelled and repelled at the same time, I, nevertheless, decided that a door had just opened, so I accepted the invitation to step over its threshold into a new realm. I have continued to paint the fish in various dreamlike interior spaces. I hope the viewers of this series will make up their own narratives about what is going on inside of them.

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40.0" x 30.0"
oil on polymer

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