Once Upon A Time
Mixed Media on Wood
This painting is the first of my new series inspired by a visit to the Neon Museum at Las Vegas, Nevada, last year. The piece started with the lettering “Fitzgerald,” and while I did not refer to the history of the neon sign, I did want to use color as the central aspect of the collection, while giving a nod to the historicity of the referred image. Once the painting was completed, I found that it reminded me of a traditional, classicaldance in southern India— Kathakali—specifically the face masks that are part of the gorgeously dramatic costumes unique to this dance form. “Katha” means story, and “Kali” refers to a play or, performance. Neon signs and an Indian classical dance form would make strange bedfellows, and yet, for a moment, they seem to coexist here, on my canvas. The work has a glossy finish hence a little bit of a reflection on the lower right side.