stepping on marian blue ice
stepping on marian blue ice | gesso, faux suede fibers, and lapis lazuli oil paint on stretched canvas. 2022. 5'x7'.
stepping on marian blue ice studies the sensory experience of walking on ice in the coldest days of the year, observing not only the sounds as it cracks beneath each step, but also the colors that make up the many types of ice beneath our feet. Even on the dreariest days, still seem to reflect some distinct blue hue derived from the skies, and above.
lapis lazuli was a pigment commonly used during the italian renaissance to honor the madonna, and is associated with the sky and the celestial realm. as a queer individual, i take solace in the fact that celestial beings such as angels do not recognize the concept of gender in the bounds of their realm, and i see these blues of the sky that appear in the ice i step on as a reminder of my belonging within the universe.