Rolling Stones 2


Size: 30 x 30

Media: Watercolor and acrylic on Paper



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American Art Awards, 2019

National Juried Exhibition. “Rolling Stones”   International Society of Experimental Artists.

A Statement from the Artist:

Movement always appears in my work as do circles.  I wanted to work with a different palate the day I created this piece: blacks, greys, whites, thin lines, thick lines, positive and negative spaces.  The piece came together quickly because I had put these limitations on the work beforehand.  And as I turned it in many directions thinking about a title I saw rolling stones.  So that is the title I gave it. But as I have learned in other works I have created this work took on a whole lot of meaning for me as I began to talk about it.  

First was the visual image – every time I look at this piece I see clear water moving over stones in a creek.  Ripples and reflections. I only see beauty.

Then I thought of the musical group Rolling Stones – I imagine they called themselves that because they were always on the move – they gathered no moss.  I don’t know but that is what the older staying implies, a rolling stone gathers no moss. 

The idea that the phrase a rolling stone gathers no moss has so many ways it could be understood.  The rolling stone that has no permanence had an aura of negativity surrounding it. It carried with it no roots, and roots were thought of as something positive.

I tend to think the opposite.  I think of roots like I think of history – they/it are the baggage we carry with us as we travel through life.  And this traveling, this movement allows for change and I think for the most part change is healthy because it implies growth and new and different perspectives think of movement as change and change as healthy.  I think of a stationary rock as beautiful but unchanging. Today change and adaptability are important.



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