Insomnia, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 60 inches, 2017
I traveled to Italy in 2017. When I saw Michelangelo's favorite sculpture, "The Sleeping Ariadne," 6AD, at the Uffizi Museum in Florence, I knew that I wanted to make this painting. "Ariadne's Sleep" was a popular motif in Roman statuary and early Greek vessels. While controversy exists among scholars as to Ariadne's true identity, most agree that the Uffizi's sculpture depicts a restless and oppressive sleep. I referenced antiquity and strove to contemporize line and the ancient theme of "Ariadne's Sleep" by studying the angles, contours, divisions, and folds of the fabric in Michelangelo's favorite piece. Through this approach, "The Sleeping Ariadne" became the catalyst for "Insomnia." The painting is comprised of a single luminous line that changes color, moves forward and backward, then seamlessly connects back to itself. To make these paintings, I mix up to 100 gradients or color and lay them down one brush stroke at a time as I gauge where the line is headed to assure that adjacent lines and perpendicular junctions are of varied colors to make them pop.