We Search For Another
We Search For Another has its roots in a dark place. It came together after the end of one of my few long-term relationships, and the first and only relationship where I had been the one to end it. It wasn’t a decision I wanted to make, but it was the correct choice. Somehow that didn’t make it any easier. The result is a series founded in the emotions familiar to many ended relationships: betrayal, disappointment, guilt, bitterness. But it was also grounded in more hopeful emotions. The desire to move on, the yearning to find someone to be with. It’s a generic sort of series, but more universal for it. The pursuit to find another person to connect with is one familiar to most people. This series started out to work through the heap of emotional confusion, but what it created was a series with a surprising range of nuance.
Its split into a few sub-series, sharing similar color palettes and figural types to connect them into miniature themes. The figures range between representational in the most personal pieces, to more generic and interchangeable in the more abstract ones. The titles are all fairly snarky, adding a little levity to what was an otherwise emotionally heavy series for me to work on.
Originally this series only included two of the “green people” series, Naught But An Odd Tree and Everything To Say and Nothing To Lose. Done on either end of the relationship that fueled the series they served for a long time as bookends to it, but I always felt they left it unresolved and needlessly negative. It had always been my plan to add a third piece once I found a good resolution, and give the series some much needed closure. When I decided to propose to the love of my life, I returned to the studio and spent several weeks painting With Unexpected Clarity (She Said Yes) in secret. I unveiled it to her at a special show, and proposed immediately after. She said yes, and it became the much needed final installment in this series.
Finding all the coconuts