Acrylic on Canvas 36 x 47 2010 $800
You have to see this one to “get it”. Bach’s great Fugue’s are such stupendous pieces of music it is difficult to get my mind around them. I do understand the concept of a fugue, but how he worked it out and came away with some of those huge pieces totally astounds me. I was not attempting to redo Bach, (as if one could). Instead I was more interested in trying to give the feeling of “fugue”.
Those vertical stripes you see in the painting are not painted at all. They are ribbons! What a trip I had searching all over Tampa looking for the right ribbons. I have to say that was about the hardest part of doing this painting! They are attached to the top stretcher bar with tacks, and when caught in the slightest breeze, like a person walking by, or the air conditioning unit coming on, they move and flutter, which is the other meaning of “fugue”….flight.
I was a psychology minor in college, and was fascinated to learn about people who have entered a rare form of amnesia called a “fugue state” when they will fly away and lose themselves. Needless to say this painting has several levels of meaning.