"Duality Twins" by Nate Lonnen. 16"x20" oil pastel on canvas.
Opposing Forces Series
Hello everyone hope you all are doing fantastic! For the next couple posts I will be focusing on multiple paintings I created for a series called, "Opposing Forces". Today, "Disparate Eve" will be the focal point of our discussion.
To begin, the Opposing Forces series is centered around exploring the contrary forces of light/dark, and good/evil. It is in essence the struggle between opposites; the constant struggle with an ever-changing balance that either creates harmony or invites chaos. It is the idea that one cannot obtain true peace until they have overcome their inner turmoil and find a center. With every piece I aim to manifest the pivotal roles that these interconnected forces play in our natures. While also, presenting the struggle between the two, resulting in the personification of this battle in us all. I believe the choices we make define our existence and put us on different paths of self-realization.
So for story time today I will be talking about this sculpture and the progression it took from what I believe is not only a beautiful piece, but also an embodiment of my view of a woman. Hopefully I will not get into too much trouble with this one, but hey a little controversy never hurt anyone. The sculpture is 3 different sections that all make up the whole. This was actually one of the first pieces I created while I was on Maui studying under the Turnbull’s. Yes I did bring it home with me because I loved her so much, and it is fairly sentimental to me.
So I first created the woman herself making her out of a native Hawaiian wood called Kiawe (Ki-Av-A). While making her I really wanted to focus on a look of refinement, softness and grace. I have her looking up not only to exude a sense of pride and power but more a sense of confidence and self worth. Also by having her facing up I think I deliver a message of a sense of hope and looking into the future. I really wanted the top section to speak to the tenderness of a woman’s touch! Lastly, the wood actually has 2 distinct colors within the piece, which is a bit unusual for the wood. The front is a deep brown where the back is a soft yellow. This couldn’t have been better if I planned it from the start, thus it gives us the sense of the good and evil in us all.
Once I was finished with her I couldn’t figure out where to go with the rest of the piece. I knew what I wanted it to represent but I had no clue how to put the finishing touches on it to make it a cohesive sculpture. So I just put it to the side for a while. Then one day while I was on Maui I stopped at a ranch to try and get some things for a painting I was putting together. While talking to the ranch hand he told me that he had all this scrap metal and asked if I might be interested in anything he had. This is where I found the 2nd piece of the sculpture and I knew as soon as I saw it that it was a perfect fit to a woman’s personality. So in come the saw blades (this was actually used on a machine on the ranch (couldn’t tell you which one though)). Anyways, I felt that this fully personified the idea that a woman can be very sharp and hurtful at times (as we all can be, well some of us anyways). A woman can have teeth and usually they tend to dig deeper and hurt worse than the sting of a physical attack.
Now, the last piece to the puzzle wasn’t too hard to figure out from there. I put 2 thick pieces of wood together and attached them with big bolts. I purposely left them rugged and thick allowing them to contrast the slenderness and softness of the woman herself. The Woman is every man’s base the solid stronghold that keeps us together. Yes she can be unrefined at times and may need a little work to soften her up but in the end she is the one that binds us. She is the one that I will always want in my corner!
We wanted to take a moment to tell you all about some great new work we just posted up on our website. Go check it out at www.julianoart.com
At the bottom of the home screen page you will see a slide show of all the great new work we have up. You can also see more pictures of the sculptures under the Sculpture Category. We also have re-vamped the website for you to hopefully make it a little easier to see what is going on with our online gallery and our artists. Thank you so much for all your support. Here are a few teasers :)
The Twist series is a play on the idea of the Tree of Life. It is a series about strength, fortitude, and stability. The tree is ambiguous and abstract with almost life like movements to personify that of human form. It knows no bounds as it outwardly spreads across the canvas. It is a developing pureness in which life is always nurturing. I've incorporated the idea of a moon or sun into these to reflect the pursuit of the heavenly reach and the drive for knowledge to understand that which we do not. The different colors and titles reflect different emotions that we all have shared thus giving us stages within our lives. The simplicity of the shades of color within the trees represent the light and darkness within each of our souls and shows us that beauty can come from the intertwinement of these.