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Tremulous encounters between two worlds (detail)

Title: Tremulous encounters between two worlds

Size: 8" x 10"

Medium: Archival, lightfast Ink & Prismacolor Colored Pencils on 300 lb Hot-Pressed Watercolor paper by Fabriano Uno

Artist: Thaneeya McArdle

© Thaneeya McArdle - Please do not use this image without permission.


The theme of this highly charged drawing is the mythic concept of life, growth, and evolution. A cloud of elaborate eyes shoots down from the bustling cosmos and wisps delicately into a fine tornado-like point that makes contact with the dark, churning ocean of bobbing eyes. This drawing is incredibly detailed; you can see close-ups below. This piece is a fusion of my intensely-detailed black ink drawings and my equally-detailed colorful abstract work. The two come together in a rich marriage of style and energy. My abstract artwork is very process-oriented and carries a spiritual meaning related to the mystery of existence and a reverence for the unfolding process of life. The designs in this drawing arose spontaneously in a stream-of-consciousness manner. While working on drawings that are this detailed, I become so immersed in the work that drawing the images becomes a meditative process through which I strive to achieve balance amidst chaos (similar to the concept of mushin). The colors and designs arise spontaneously and reflect my interest in tribal and aboriginal art, specifically in the act of storytelling through nonrepresentational means. My abstract art is also heavily inspired by my world travels, particularly my visits to remote tribal villages in the Kutch region of India, as well as my visits to temples and roadside shrines in Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal.


(This image is a detail side shot of the artwork. A full-sized version of the piece may also be seen in my photostream!)


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Taken on May 14, 2008