” . . . How cold the vacancy
When the phantoms are gone and the shaken realist
First sees reality.”
Wallace Stevens, Esthetique du Mal, 1944
Inside the Bubble: Sometimes the Gods are Blue, oil on canvas, 50 x 60 inches, copyright ©2004-2012
|The Gods Prefer Marigolds I: You With the Evil Eye May You Also Be Blessed, oil on canvas, 50 x 62 inches, copyright ©1990||The Gods Prefer Marigolds II: Trimurthy, oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches, copyright ©1995|
November 2004 just after the re-election of George W., we went to India. A third version of the Indian taxi ride seemed likely and I saw I must include myself in the painting. As the composition evolved (see below) I invited my husband to join me in a foreground crowded with the paraphrenalia of touring: a map (albeit outdated), food & water, a shopping bag, backpack, purse–and a camera.