Rendezvous of Theatre and Fine Art,
a Collaboration with
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!)
Birds of North America
Guards at the Taj
Going To a Place Where You Already Are
I've really enjoyed this project. It has been very interesting working from the Theatre concept to the visual interpretation.
It was a thrill to see them on the screen and being displayed at the productions.
Thought I would pass on the meanings of my choices of symbolism, composition, color etc. as some explanation if they are to be displayed again.
Revolutionist - The red is not just for blood but also for the passion the women had for their beliefs and the willingness to give up their lives for those beliefs. The women were singular and united in their cause making them one with each other. I found the freed woman and
Marie Antoinette to not only be similar in dress with the tall head pieces but also in dignity and Motherhood. I found the younger woman could have become the older woman writer if she had lived and the elder writer could have been much like the younger woman in her youth. Hence the merging of the faces.
Birds - The prop of the binoculars was used by the characters to unite them in a common activity (bird watching) but also symbolized something they could never get past and actually see each other. That's why they are looking through the binoculars trying to find each other but can never quite make the connection and let down their guard (binoculars). The woman has wings like a bird because she was more free and was less bound overall by her own patterns, whereas the man is grounded, definitely fixed by his habitual ways of thinking and being.
Christmas - A mash-up of the different Christmas motifs presented in the show.
Taj - The people in the foreground are the workers who built the Taj. They are in the water which is the reflecting pool which is reflecting the moon. Water also being a symbol for cleansing. They are moving forward to transcend their cruel fate and you see them rising towards the moon. The moon is larger than the Taj referring to the lines in the play stating that the Taj is more beautiful than the moon and the response is that "No it's not." I agree on many levels in that the moon is enduring, benevolent, greater and more beautiful. The hands not only represent the amputated hands but they are in the mudra that represents Shiva who is both creator and destroyer.
Going to a Place - The woman in the background is transitioning. She is planetary and also made of stardust. The trees symbolize the planetary. The planetary aspects, at death, are dissolving and she is becoming solely what she already is, the materials that make up the universe. The man is facing the same direction and is in shadow for he does not yet know what lies ahead. He can only watch unknowingly as the woman makes her journey, the same journey he will make soon.
"Going" is much more of an interpretation of my beliefs than what was presented in the play which I had a hard time swallowing. It is interesting that the Taj also made me want to counter balance the play in my painting by giving the workers an escape from their fate.
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