Inside Outside & Inside NY
In January 2020 I was preparing for my solo exhibition, Graceful Confusion, opening in April at Magazzino Gallery, Palazzo Polignac, Venice, Italy. On view were to be a dozen life-sized watercolor paintings of windows on paper, playing with reflection and layers of external and internal space. The final piece for the exhibition was Inside Outside Graceful Confusion (Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn), a scene from the western end of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn with its pell-mell antique shops, domestic housing, snarled traffic, and the ominous Brooklyn House of Detention.
Inside Outside Quarantine Acropolis (Clinton Hill, Brooklyn) is a view from my dining room looking toward the back window. In the painting, on the wall, along with plugs and cords, is my painted version of Athens: The Acropolis from Observatory Road, taken in 1955 by Robert McCabe. I have always thought of the solitary traveler in that photo as myself on a journey. The miniature version in this painting represents, for me, the potential for travel in better times. The complex shadows and reflections from front to back of the room speak to the topsy-turvy experience of quarantining during the pandemic.