Each work in the series Three Point Awareness - Space Series contains three images, or sometimes two: one of my home in Dartmouth MA; another image of the universe from within or beyond our galaxy; and another of an event in a world that is at times deeply troubling to me. I want to be aware, simultaneously, of these three places in which I live: home, the world and the universe.
The aims of Three Point Awareness - Space Series are:
1. To meditate, through the process of painting, on the mystery of several hundred billion evolving galaxies, each one with several hundred billion stars and planets, and my place on one planet. Until 1926 it was thought that the Milky Way was the only galaxy in the universe, and in that year Edwin Hubble confirmed Andromeda to be another galaxy. Today we know there are several hundred billion galaxies. What does it all mean? How does it affect our hopes, ethics, tragedies, religions, politics, and cosmology? Where are the images and stories that will make this vast universe feel like home?
2. To offer up to the mystery of the evolving universe that which weighs heavy on my heart, especially the painful political and social realities of our times.
3. To celebrate my own fortunate circumstances within our galaxy: my home, family and friends; my garden, river, community; my earth and heavens.
I know there is power in the context of what is near and loved, and I feel moved as well by the context of the vast and incomprehensible, stunningly beautiful and exquisitely ordered process of the evolution of the physical universe, of life, and of consciousness. My hope is that, supported by these two contexts, the pain of violence against people and nature, and responsibility for that violence, will be opened to compassion and imagination.