Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Nancy Herman
9" x 12"
oil on canvas board

Glass is such a unique surface.  It is transparent and also reflects images.  It takes its identity from that combination, as without seeing what is reflected on the surface or what is behind the glass we would not know it was there.   If there were dirt on the surface we would be aware of the glass but even that is not inherent in the glass itself.
In this painting there is a lot of space, beginning with the sky itself which goes on into infinity, then the tree outside the wall, the ceiling moving towards us, the candelabra, the clock and finally, the edge of the clock, getting right up close.  All brought to us by a piece of glass which isn't actually visable at all.  Is the artist like a piece of glass,  revealing some version of reality, while also showing what's under the surface?