Havana to Key West, Oil on Linen, 36 x 24 inches, 2017
I'm excited to announce that juror, Leroy Johnson, selected "Havana to Key West" and "0078" to be a part of "Transforming Jazz - A Visual Journey" in the gallery at Philadelphia City Hall to celebrate Jazz Week. The exhibit will be open March 28 to May 4, 2018.
In "Havana to Key West," I strive to simultaneously subvert the seascape and linear abstraction. The catalyst for this piece was digital music composed by musician and art theorist, Janet Brooks. Janet's digital compositions include jazz and latin components that I visualized and transformed into line for "Havana to Key West." While Janet's song is titled, "Havana to New York," my painting is informed by my childhood experiences of visiting relatives in the Florida Keys and hearing tales of travel to Cuba prior to the travel restrictions imposed by the United States Government in 1963.