16×20 acrylic and mica on canvas. Painted to “Prelude in C Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach, as remixed and recorded by Mike MacLennan.
I created this piece on a heart-breakingly beautiful Sunday morning in May of 2022 at a burn event. I rose early to commune with the morning sun, climbing the dewy hill to find a quiet, sacred place to reflect on all I had learned that weekend.
There was no music I could think of more appropriate than the simple, powerful strains of the Bach prelude, and the moment I put it on I felt my eyes fill with tears and a warmth flood my chest. The swirling shape at the heart of this piece formed itself within me, unspooling and stretching and flowing, revealing hints of the white light within.
The name of this painting comes from “Monet Refuses the Operation,” a poem by Lisel Mueller, that a good friend read to me after I finished painting my vision. I couldn’t think of a more fitting title than the poem’s final words. Read it here.
In this piece I see the self and the universe layered into a single being, an individual life inseparable from the great force of life itself. I see hidden knowledge at the heart of creation, wrapped in all the layers of beautiful mystery that we must peel away before we can begin to comprehend its nature.
Mat and frame are for display purposes only.
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