La Verguensa

"The Shameful One"

I Don’t Smoke 1

I Don’t Smoke.

This is a painting about community.  The painting is also question about what is needed to  negoiate passage in the afterlife. It is loosely based on concepts in the movie “Dead Man” by Jim Jarmusch. In the movie tobacco is a requirement for any kind of movement or transaction.

The underpainting was a process of laying out different community symbols I see here and there and then painting over them with varying degrees of opacity. I suppose these symbols represent a kind of subconscious for the actual painting.

I Don’t Smoke is an Art experiment. It started like this:

Weave pattern of watercolor sheets. The weave is interlocking and a symbolic form.

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