Lanterns, March 2003I am Explaining a Few Things - for Pablo NerudaUntitledUntitledGlow IIGlow ILanterns on WaterUntitled (Lanterns)Remembrance 1 (Oh Say Can You See)Red lanternsLanterns on Water (diptych)Lanterns, dusk (diptych)
These paintings were inspired by an annual lantern ceremony held at Forest Hills Cemetery, near my home. It is based on a traditional Buddhist ceremony of remembrance. In a ritual of remembrance, visitors assemble paper lanterns and set them afloat, candle-lit from within, on the surface of Lake Hibiscus at dusk. These paintings are studies of the light filtered by the tissue shade of the lanterns, in the context of the dark lake. They explore light and dark, reflection, as well as the dynamic of a collection of forms versus the individual form. They are also a meditation on loss, especially loss associated with the Iraq war.