Sublimation

“Sublimation” October 2018.
The haunting is coming from inside the self.
Procreate for iPad Pro with Apple Pencil + Photoshop + Wacom Intuos Pro (took it back and forth a couple of times).

Nepenthe’s Kiss

A visual interpretation of @lacyrosemusic’s forthcoming album, “Ria”, itself a meditation on three paintings of Gustav Klimt of Ria Munk. Ria was unlucky in love – her fiancé, a ne-er do well poet twice her age, broke off their engagement and poor heartbroken Ria took her own life, shooting herself in the chest.

Her mother hired Gustav Klimt to paint her daughter’s posthumous portrait. The first portrait portrayed Ria as “too dead,” complained her mother. The second was too sensuous, as it depicted Ria’s robe hanging open, revealing her breasts. And, perhaps fittingly, Gustav Klimt died before he could finish the third. Ria’s smiling face is painted looking at the viewer, and flowers creep into her frame from the background, but her robe and body are left unfinished, Klimt’s charcoal sketch lines the final remnant of Ria’s body.

I’ve tried to paint Ria’s anguish, and by leaving a few charcoal lines visible, suggest the wistful kind of eternity that only unfinished business can bring.

You can hear a preview of Ria’s sister album, Mizzi, here. Ria will be released very soon!: https://lacyrose.bandcamp.com/album/mizzi

Finding

A Mexicana girl with a crown of flowers explodes lighting, searching and finding, from her heart.

“Finding”, Procreate on the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil.

This piece was inspired by my experiences volunteering with the immigration rights community on the Texas/Mexico border.

The Doctor and the Devils

Poster inspired by a new adaptation of Dylan Thomas's "The Doctor and the Devils".

Poster inspired by a new stage adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s screenplay, “The Doctor and the Devils.” Currently in workshop in NYC, with music and lyrics by Lacy Rose.