"Divine_Chaos"
"Dragon Dance”
"Dragon Dance II"
“Golden Child Child & Lucky Dragon"
"Golden Child, Jero-Luh and Fox”
Golden Child, Carp & Jatayu"
“Mask: Tribute to Hanuman”
Indonesian inspired mask
Indonesian inspired mask
Indonesian inspired mask
Indonesian inspired mask
Indonesian inspired mask
Fox Mother
collage paintings

2016 - 2019

collage paintings on canvas 

 

This series represents the process of motherhood for me personally. Before my son was born, I found myself drawn to images of creatures that could be seen as protective spirits. In particular, I was inspired by images of traditional Indonesian masks, as well as Chinese dragon dances.  I painted fabric, and collaged together craft papers, media which might be regarded as “feminine” materials. Certain animals, especially foxes, found their way into my imagery. It was as if I was trying to somehow discover my son’s personality through the collection of images that I was drawn to. After he was born, I collaged together more elements, including the cartoon characters that he watched as a toddler, and painted his icon like portrait in the center; as if a Patron Saint of Divine Chaos.

© 2020 by Tara Zalewsky-Nease

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