This is my latest series. In many ways it is a return to my earliest paper pieces with the emphasis on shamanistic art. I wanted to get back to the raw celebration of creation.
Top of The Hill
The "Top of the Hill" is a series done from four directions of the farm I grew up on. The top of the hill was always a magical place growing up. It was the highest point on the farm and contained the ruins of the original homestead. My handmade paper landscapes are about the passing of time. As you walk past them the colors warm up to represent the warming of the day. To illustrate this I started making time lapse videos and pulling images from them to paint. In this series each scene includes a time lapse video taken over the span of forty eight hours.
Many of my landscapes are taken from places we have visited. Some are local and some are not but all hold a special place in my heart. These pieces change as you move from side to side representing different times of day.
My abstracts allow me a distraction from the more controlled landscapes. This is where I experiment and grow. Like the landscapes, the abstractions are still about movement and the relationship of color and light on the surface. Some change from side to side while others are more about undulation. I often offer 3D glasses when showing these pieces to make viewing the undulations easier.
This is where it all began. In the eighties when I started making handmade paper pieces I was looking for a shape that would represent strength and a new direction. I came across an illustration for the cornerstone of a Mastaba. With a little modification it was the perfect shape of strength and connection for my new series. Many of the early trapezoids represented twenty four hours with the front plane signifying daylight and the back night. I occasionally still go back and and construct a trapezoid.
Putting creation back into recreation. Over ten years ago I started building sculptures along the bike trail on my morning rides and then coming home and blogging about it. You can find these blogs at: donurness.blogspot.com/ http://donurness.blogspot.com/ I like to think of them as sketches knowing that in a very short period of time they will be gone.