After the conversation with Mark Mulhern at the Haggerty Museum, I reflected on our conversation. One phrase stuck in my head, “Pay attention to what you pay attention to.”
The advice became a spring board for the work I created in response to Mulhern's paintings. As I walked to and from school, home, work, and friends, I let my mind wander. Throughout the weeks following the conversation with Mark, the leaves fell off the trees, the sun set earlier, and the air became winter cold. Often times as I walked, the melody of wild geese could be heard as they made their journey south. I gravitated towards the birds and was reminded of what Mark said and his work involving pigeons.
My piece in response to the work and conversation with Mark Mulhern is titled, Wild Geese. Growing up in the Upper Peninsula, the wild geese would take flight over the field in my backyard. Years later, I find myself paying attention to the journey of these majestic animals. I used their form and symbolic references as the subject of the painting. Inspired by Mulhern's use of transparent layers and energetic perspective the result is a composite of both memory and observation.