Whether you believe a higher power is responsible for life, or you advocate the scientific explanation, or you are not certain about how it all began, the birth, growth and change of the world is a fascinating subject to explore. “Evolution Theory” began because I wanted to paint the birth of the world based on my beliefs, education and perceptions. There are seven 36-by-48 canvases in the series. "Evolution Theory VI" introduces humans, language and a more organized "world."
A womb-like, circular theme begins in the primordial swirls and energy burst of Evolution Theory I and continues through to the organized world in Evolution Theory VII. The circle is a design element I use often in my work, even in photographs.
Beginning with a thick layer of light molding paste applied with my hands, I built each painting in layers. The first painting – which I had conceived in my mind but did not start until after I completed II, III and IV – does not have a molding paste layer because I wanted to convey a flat surface from which life began. Typically, I worked on three canvases simultaneously because I had to allow for drying time between each layer on each canvas.
Here is an example of the build-up of layers, elements and textures in Evolution Theory VI.
Between layers, I used interference coats and materials such as aluminum foil, into which I drew; cheesecloth; modeling pastes to make raised motifs and symbols; dried flowers from our 2009 garden; my handmade papers and models of the hands and feet of our children and grandchildren. Speaking of hands, while those in Evolution Theory VI are representational, at least one abstract hand appears in each canvas. Although I painted these seven as a series, each canvas is a work unto itself. From a purely artistic sense of “creation,” the series is a story about creating something from nothing and making order of it.
This is Evolution Theory VI in its early stages. At this point, it has three layers, the molding paste layer, the initial quinacridone nickel ado gold border and the same color much lighter and with sunrays coming down from the upper right.