this painting is an homage to the work of the dutch painter marlene dumas who does a lot with underarticulated faces.
it’s from a snapshot of me and my brother on our visit to the seminole reservation. he was totally bored. I was so excited and earnest, I thought wearing my own native american costume with its plastic fringe would help me make friends with these children.
this portrait is from a photo of t.e. lawrence. the photo captures his enigmatic nature and I hope my painting does, too.
these are both from b&w photos. the above has written at the bottom of the snapshot: “couple in a voodoo trance.” I’m thinking it is from the 1940s, maybe new orleans where voodoo trances are thick on the ground.
the woman in her bath is, I think, from england or france during ww2.
I spent june in amsterdam, writing, but also biking [fell 3 times; definitely getting better at falling] and watching the skies, which are higher there, the clouds always on the move over this land by the north sea. I love summer so much, can’t stand when it starts running out.
I finally finished and edited, buffed and varnished, the whole show’s worth of vita sackville-west paintings. go to that page and you will see everything.
I’ve started a new series, “outskirts of america.”
This is a winter for writing novels, making paintings, cooking soups, trying to teach your dog to shovel snow.
the two of them would meet here when vita would come to london. a pre-visit before the actual visit. they would also send private letters inside ones that might be read by others. since the hogarth press was in this basement, I imagined vita bringing a manuscript, a ruse that, at this moment, is no longer necessary, and so, down to the business at hand.