In 2014-15 I had a 40 year retrospective at the Biggs Museum of American Art, curated by Ryan Grover. He entitled the exhibit “The Line of Beauty”. It is based upon William Hogarth’s writings from 1753 where he discusses his aesthetic concept of the line of beauty. According to this theory, S-shaped curved lines signify liveliness and activity and excite the attention of the viewer as contrasted with straight lines, parallel lines, or right-angled intersecting lines, which signify stasis, death, or inanimate objects. This is a classic example thanks to Carlotta.
There are legends of a people who inhabited Kauai for hundreds of years before the Polynesians arrived. They produced massive stone works that are different than the work of the later migration. There are myths that they still exist up in the mountains of Kauai, but occasionally they come to the ocean at night.
We were in Boston at the MFA in April and I saw a painting Springtime (aka Madeleine in the Bois d’Amour) portrait (1892) by Émile Bernard. Something about the composition resonated with me about two people in a woods, with an ambiguous narrative. I started imagining a series of images in a woods that is somewhat related to Bernard’s painting. On our way to find the perfect location for my concept, we stopped at these roots, and produced a series of images where the two are slowly making there way around to this central location. It was helpful to do this series first before we attempted the original plan which I have glanced at, but not worked on yet. This image is the final of this series. I have have had the pleasure to work with Claudine and Christian at ZoeFest in Palm Springs, and knew that they would be perfect. And of course they are!