“Absolute: Balance” (detail), Oil on reclaimed burled maple. 12 1/2” x 12 1/2”. 10.21.18.

VIDEO: New Work, “Absolute: Balance” Finds Meaning In The Ethereal

New Painting, “Absolute: Balance” Finds Meaning In The Ethereal

by Daric Gill

“Absolute: Balance”, Oil on reclaimed burled maple. 12 1/2” x 12 1/2”. 10.21.18.A dead root winds its way up from the bottom of a burled background. The edges of the painting boil and fade from a dark green to bare wood. Near the bottom-center is a small fluffy cloud that appears to be suspended by two red threads. One thread intertwines with the root, wrapping around it so that it is taught on one side and slack on the other. Absolute: Balance finds itself somewhere between fantasy and reality. Read on for more.

[Process Video & Image Gallery Below Article]


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?

Materials Used
Found twisted root, dead.
Found twisted root, dead.

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.

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