Paintings on Paper
Little Girl Dancing **In Private Collection**
I don't normally like to talk about the meaning behind any particular piece of art, but for some reason I feel the need to do so with this series. "Our Ghosts" is a collection of the joyous, fun-loving, cute little ghosts of us when we played, wondered, and loved unselfishly. Well, those are the cute ones. The others are...well...what we become when we're taught those ugly things like greed, manipulation, and self-hate. I'm still working on the series, and hopefully I'll end up with a few pieces on the other side of that, some ghosts who have learned to live again.
UPDATE: I was going to wait until I was sure that I was done adding pieces to the series before I published it. Then I realized that I myself am not completely "on the other side" of life's turmoils, and neither are most people, and that it will likely be many, many, many years before I could really call the series "finished". How can I really paint those future ghosts, those parts of me that are reconciled, when they don't exist in that form yet? I can't paint them until I know who they are, and I won't know that until the future comes to pass. Hopefully they will be very happy, peaceful ghosts indeed! So for now, I'd like to introduce you to the ghosts who used to be, and those who are now.