The series takes a significant leap with Incarnation 3, both aesthetically and thematically. One of my intentions with this series is to depict people in the process of being created. As we grow we interact with one another and become a part of the shaping of each other's identity. Our understanding of Self and Other is always in flux as we experience connection, isolation, misunderstanding, love, etc.
This detail shows both a fetus-like shape and the end of one of the tears streaming from the figure's eyes (just below the blue object). The process of maturation is often a painful one, and our most painful interactions that can have the deepest impact on our lives. The fetus can be taken literally or figuratively as a representation of potential, unrealized hopes, and renewal of life. On a side note, I play around with the idea of fictional anatomy in this series. I like the idea of each individual being comprised of both unique parts and those common to all.
It's hard to not be trite when you include a heart in your painting. I hope the other elements of this piece are enough to lift it above the realm of the mundane! That being said, I am rather pleased with the look of this heart. The dark, arrow-like line and the fainter yellow line penetrating it originate in the throat/mouth of the other figure in this painting. I believe our words can have an even greater impact on each other than our actions.
This is my most recent addition to the Incarnation series, completed at the beginning of July. Again I am dancing around the idea of people in the process of being created, in their incompleteness shaping and effecting one another. I was a little trepidatious as I began this painting because I knew the uterus would make some uncomfortable, but in the end I came to the conclusion that if I am painting a series that is intimately involved with the body, identity, and formation of the Self, I can't be shy about things like uteri. Such is life.
As with the fetus in Incarnation 3, the uterine form here isn't necessarily to be taken literally. I am representing not only sexuality and femininity, but also the place within us that holds, nurtures, and brings forth the New.
This is one of my favorite moments in this series. The movement of form and color points toward the constant ebb and flow between the spiritual world and the physical. I believe within our physical bodies we have the capacity to interact with the the Infinite and the unseen.