Piece description from the artist
This is a seminal piece in an on-going series, “Riffs on the Moon,” which was first exhibited in 2002. There is a hint of the pattern of a DNA chain in the interweaving of the figures being drawn to the glowing orb, and also the intimation of life-giving sperm/egg attraction. The palette is limited to Payne’s grey and Naples yellow, with a touch of gold.
Judith Bair's work deals with the connection between human life, spirituality and nature.
At the beginning of her painting career, Judith used the form of a cedar tree to anchor her work in the context of the natural world. This allowed her to begin exploring the connection between physical and spiritual sources of life. In this sense, many of Judith's paintings serve as metaphorical landscapes, using images the physical, natural world as a way to explore her figurative and symbolic ideas.
Judith works with "oilbars":http://www.winsornewton.com/products/oil-colours/artists-oilbar, which allow her to have a more direct, physical relationship with the canvas and create more gestural, expressive marks. With this medium, Judith creates soft, sensual and often ethereal paintings with poetic, organic imagery.