Artist Statement - All I Wish to Own
The pastel drawings in the series All I Wish to Own represent the progression of harmonies in a late piano intermezzo by Johannes Brahms. They are a visual representation of the continuous motion and contours of the music, presented in a linear pattern with consistent correlations between harmony and color. They attempt to characterize visually how music is gleaned, distilled, and differentiated by the imagination from our experiences of the real living world around us. All I Wish to Own deals with the ways that our human longing to own or possess natural living things, and other people, is reflected in musical patterns. By using colors that summon real landscapes and fantastic visions about them, these drawings weave together a story of the tragic loss of nature resulting from human desire, leaving evidence of beauty and grief behind.
This series showed at Bert Green Fine Art from November 2019 - January 2020. On the walls of the gallery, the drawings started with the opening bars of the Intermezzo and were hung in succession. If you followed each section of each line of color, one after the other, you would "hear" every measure of the Intermezzo from start to finish.