18” x 19” x 1.5”
oil, acrylic on hand built pentagonal panel
This is 1 of 2 pentagons of the same size. One with the sun/male (in progress), and this first one featuring the moon/female. Her identity is being transferred into the moon, where the plants that absorbed her face are now reflected as the (wo)man in the moon.
This surreal image was one of my favorite works at the end of 2022. It sold immediately before I could even realize I had priced it extremely low for the time I put in and for how strong of a piece it is. (The video posted shows the original finished work.)
Then the fire bomb occurred as she was resting face up on the work table with a new varnish. I thought it would protect her but it wasn't set enough and she absorbed much soot into her skin and vines, even after the rest of the piece was cleared.
The collector decided not to purchase and demanded a refund. Before a conversation could be had I was slapped with a refund penalty fee from my payment processor.
I re-worked her to breathe new life into her and bring back parts that lost paint when attempting to remove more soot.
But then one of my cats here at home scratched her arm. So I had to restore those scars as well.
I am determined that she will be stronger than before. As of now, soot still shows in the vines, and a bit in her skin. It tells a deeper story now. A feeling of being broken, unwanted, and abandoned. Now, she has a chance once again, scarred, but healing. I have spent a lot of time restoring her.
I will probably rework more, if not all of her skin to recreate the smooth blends it once had. Although perhaps she was too smooth, too perfect, and needed some life experience to make her more real.
She will find her way, one way or another, into a loving state and forever home. She was wronged, perhaps she sinned, and seems to be cursed, but she will be redeemed.
FIRE SALE NOTES:
This painting suffered some of the most damage and after careful attention to cleaning, it still needed reworking. So it has been repainted to some level. I am seeing what people think of it now. If it doesn't sell soon, I will consider repainting more of it.
It has a story and life of its own now.
Due to Winter St. arson fire bomb, some works are discounted for minor effects remaining of soot staining to the top edge of works. Only a few suffered damage to the front face of the art. Your support helps me rebuild.
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