New Painting, “Absolute: Balance” Finds Meaning In The Ethereal
by Daric Gill
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The Absolute Of Ethereal
“Extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world”, this is how we define the word ethereal. Absolute: Balance is a metaphor for the tenuous equilibrium between what might be rooted and what might be only momentary; between substantive and spiritual. This piece shows the attempt to capture a fleeting moment and hold it like it was a swing to be ridden. It poses the question, might that root be sturdy enough to hold more than a cloud?
The main background wood is taken from an antique armoire wardrobe. It’s a burled maple veneer on one side and walnut veneer on the other. I’m gathering from the Bakelite handle I pulled off during the reclamation process, it’s from the 1930s. The frame is built from reclaimed cherry wood. My oil paints are a mixture of brands: Rembrandt, Windsor & Newton, Grumbacher, and Utrecht. I use a drying agent called Liquin Fine Detail by Windsor & Newton as a make-shift extender. Once dry, it all gets sprayed with a clear coat of satin lacquer made by Deft.