2015, Oil on canvas and pencil drawing on walls, 5' by 7 1/2' by 5'
Using the process and material of oil painting, I discovered a new relation with Siena as I sensed composition, texture, and color. I used the earth tones of Siena to express the oldest areas at her center and I left washes of stained canvas to assume spaces in between forms, the piazzas and the wild orchards that are essential for Siena. As I moved with the landscape, over hills, across walls, between streets, and encircled washes of space, the maps of Siena’s own life moved me.
The boundaries of the old medieval walls and the modern walls contradict and blend at the same time, and this became most apparent at the borders, with some walls more uncertain, and some more true to their initial form.
The two oil paintings started with a little map of Siena’s oldest medieval walls. I would wander in and around Siena’s intricate space, and in places where old walls have been lost, I would start to sense their residual lines – which continue off the canvases as pencil drawings. One canvas leads to the other oil painting on the opposite wall, and moves us from one painting to the other.