OBVERSE PAINTINGS

by Fred Chuang




COCOON
11" x 14"

After a long hiatus, I revisited my collage technique.  In this painting, I originally intended to collage some luna moth wings I had.  As I was working, particles of the wings would periodically flake off.  Each time, I filled the resulting window with a color.  The wings became a progressive mask--in both senses of the word.  The scratch in the torso occurred when I laid down the delicate tissue paper image...that "accident" became the connection for the entire painting, hence the title. 

I am most pleased with the contrasts in this piece: the colorlessness of the very solid/real torso, the colorfulness of the insubstantial wings.  I think that the metamorphic relationship of the real and the spiritual are why this work appeals to so many who see it.