RESURRECTION / EXODUS 1996

RESURRECTION / EXODUS 1996

COMMISSION

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Each panel measures: 64″ H x 37″ W x 2.5″ D.

The commission was site specific.

The quarter size model is shown above as well as the stages of exploration and execution.

There are separate drawings, paintings in the RESURRECTION / EXODUS portfolio.

IMPROVISATION

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RESURRECTION / EXODUS  1996 was a commissioned by Holtkoetter International,

a German chandelier manufacturer, for their USA headquarter offices.

The work was inspired by the Exodus story of FAITH 

as one enters the wilderness:

following a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

The background and foreground oscillates with the various elements:

radiance of the gold and the position of the sun and the position of the viewer.

The background color is a custom mix of deep blue violet /black

which was applied in multiple layers over the gold- back and forth,

which gives the work depth.

There are five panels- five being the number of love.

The panels were affixed to an overhang of a balcony in the front lobby.

The South light washed the paintings and each painting was a revelation

of gold- an aura of gold.

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The viewer is not a spectator but is involved with the revelation and the shadow of the work.

A pas-de-deux.

An improvisational exponential disclosure of attending and opening/offerings.

Spectacular + intimate epiphanies.

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Slowly and suddenly, the work shifted into light and then to material.

A suspension and a transformation of the ordinary into a sublime moment.

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This major work was dedicated to my beloved doctor: the late Dr. Mark B. Coventry of the Mayo Clinic.

He looked at the x-rays of my bone and always saw my spirit.

We were in concert for decades.

Before he died he asked me to make two promises to him:

Please PROMISE me TWO things:

“Cathy, ONLY let those who honor and respect you come near

and

ALWAYS remain an artist.”

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