I’ve taken the birches all the way across the canvas in grays, so next I will introduce some muted colour to them, then glaze with some Prussian blue.
In addition to working on this piece I’ve been looking for people to be in the video that I’m preparing for exhibit at Roger Williams University in Providence, Rhode Island, where a huge video screen hangs over a courtyard. From the first of October people crossing the open space will feel as though they are being watched, and may notice that their movements are observed by enormous eyes tracking the activities of the pedestrians beneath their gaze.
Called “In the Eyes of our Ancestors” the video is all about generations of our ancestors’ eyes looking intently out over the world that they have bequeathed to us; it’s intended to bring attention to the idea that we are the product of our ancestors, who watch our actions by being present with us in our daily lives, even though we aren’t aware of them. Of course our ancestors are embedded within us in our DNA, so they are always with us.
My old friend Derek Goodall of Goodwood Productions is going to help me put the project together as Director of Photography. We’ve known each other for eighteen years now (I think I introduced him to his second wife) and have often talked about how much fun it would be to work together on creative video projects.