Transformation 57, monotype collage with mixed media, 7 x 7 in
The Nature of Change
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ― Lao Tzu
I have now completed a total of sixty pieces in the Transformations series. Thinking back over the years that I’ved continued to add to it, I’ve certainly had my own struggles with change and the pain it can bring. I’ve come to realize that making these artworks has probably been my way of trying to see the bright side of change. It allows me to focus on the beauty of what my husband calls “transitoriness.”
Transformation 60, monotype collage, 7 x 7 inches
Neither and Both
I’ve asked myself what has kept me interested in continuing to work on this series for so long. I think the appeal is the fact that they occupy that somewhat messy border between naturalism and abstraction.
“Is that a mountain or an ocean wave?” people often ask. “Is that the sun or a leaf?” “Yes,” I answer. It’s neither and both. It’s whatever you make it inside your own head, it’s a “choose-your-own-adventure” story.
Now that I’ve done sixty of them, am I finished? I don’t know for sure, but I doubt it. Stay tuned, though, because there’s more new work coming up!
In the meantime, I wish you all peace, love, and art!