The White Whale paintings dealt with a period of time, last year, of my mother’s time in the hospital and her eventual passing. While starting to create out of this great loss, I spent days alone in my studio with memories of my mother and our life together.
The last month in the hospital room with her and my siblings was both intensely sad and tender as she was in and out of consciousness and on life support. The dream I had the night before she died, where she became a white whale before swimming into the horizon, was the keystone of these paintings. Water imagery, shapes, colors from the hospital and marks from my childhood drawings charged these paintings and fed my most abstract language to date.
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