I’ve updated my website to reflect some of my more recent works. You may have seen bits and pieces of progress over the last few months, but here are some ‘finished’ (it’s hard for an artist to know if something is ever ‘finished’) products for your review and/or purchase!
Click on the “New” Gallery and enjoy! www.lisashirk.com/
“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.”
Or do they?!
I think I can say this phase (the project I am talking about can be followed in my last 2 posts) is not on track. I had all these ideas and the symbolism was pouring out, but visually, I am not sure it quite works. Now does that mean I am throwing the whole project out? No. I am actually not even sure I am tossing this phase of the project, but I wasn’t anticipating how much all this black would jump out. I suppose the two should have opposite color palettes? In my mind, the “Spirituals” were going to be painted in white and the dictators in black, but once the white is laid over the black, the black is still the main subject, not the white… hmm… since this is a project of dichotomies and how we are intertwined within each other: the prevalent darkness in even the most saintly people and the innate humanity in those we vilify, perhaps the confusing colors serve a purpose to stop and think about this great big family. We are probably all quick to see Mother Teresa in our family tree, but who really wants to claim Hitler? Do Mother Teresa and Hitler both live in you?
When I started writing this post, I was thinking this piece would be painted over before sundown, but now I am almost convinced to keep it! Oh- artists!
What do you think?