Mars Needs Women

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN.jpg

Mars Needs Women

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Within the Shamanic astrology paradigm, Mars symbolizes the masculine life force. It is cold. It is dry. It is barren. It is harsh. But when I first looked at photos of Mars, it struck me that maybe we have never fully seen the "red planet," for it is in fact orange. It is a lovely, lustrous orange, and oftentimes it is rimmed by a luminous and very pretty indigo sky. I wanted, all those years ago, to investigate Mars with a women's sensitivity, and to explore its possibilities. 

hese paintings are, like all my work, an inquiry into color. Rendering them, I found myself liberated from the conventions of terrestrial landscape paintings (Mars does not yet have its own Turner, its vainglorious Constable) and free to imagine. What if I brought a softer, more feminine palette to Mars? In "Self Portrait of Mars," I bled a little fuchsia onto the canvas; I integrated gentle yellow, and soft lavender, and a robin's egg blue. 

            And what if my colors were able to take flight--to dance--on the surface of Mars, amid the near absence of gravitational pull? In [the painting you had inside yesterday], I let the edge of the planet blur. I let lines dissipate and dissolve into space. 

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