I've been thinking lately about storytelling—how a line can tell a story. You can imagine the line as a point traveling through time and space, navigating obstacles and currents and resistance, moving through the possibilities of openness. I've been thinking about the shadow story, too—the story beneath the story.
This mural is the story of a relationship: the engagement of two forces, intimately linked and responding to each other in a way that makes it not two stories, but one. And behind their story, the shadow story—the history and presence of what is hidden, veiled, denied. This piece considers that our personal shadow stories are the same as our collective ones: tales of fear, abandonment, rage, sorrow. It helps me ask the question: how do I sit in the dark with what scares me, in myself and in the world? What fertility and healing can I find there?
Often in my work, I use line to express patterns, which can bring comfort and calm. In this piece, the lines are still searching for patterns. They circle toward themselves and tangle with each other, and ultimately they move forward.