Do Or Die Artwork

 

Jill Nichols

Monhegan Sunset


My art career has had several do or die moments. The first was the decision to dedicate myself to painting while becoming the sole supporter of my three children.

More than a decade into painting my practice became fractured; I felt that my art didn’t fit in anywhere and that is was inconsistent. I struggled to justify painting as the financial demands mounted.


I took out a student loan and entered a Master of Fine Art’s program. To get to the heart of my work I had no other choice but to delve into the darkness. I could only hope that painting would provide a tendril to bring me back to the light. While painting the landscape I had a vision whereby space was broken into pyramidal fractals. Everything in view was a stream of three-dimensional triangles. This understanding allowed me a visual measure while I began to explore and express the time-space continuum in my work.


Land and water fell away as my focus turned toward clouds on metal. On a visit to a scrap yard I found an eight-foot by three-foot piece of copper. This proved perfect for catching deep space and time of the Carina Nebula. Employing geometry, I transformed a Hubble Space telescope image into what many consider to be an abstract painting and an image that is now a part of the Vatican permanent art collection.

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12”x12”x2”

Oil on Canvas

$950