photo © Marianna Whang, 2009 All rights Reserved
Jennifer Ewing has been working on her "Spirit Boats" series for a few years now, but she keeps finding new ways to explore the topic. Ewing started the Spirit Boats series of paintings in January 2005, after her father passed away. Creating the paintings made her feel closer to her father, and helped her grieve over losing him. She has said, "The paintings give the viewer pause for reflection and an invitation to a journey filled with radiant light. These boats are ready to take passengers. I believe we all need our very own spirit boat to move us into the light."
This year, one wall of her studio was lined with her luminous boat paintings, and on the opposite side of the studio boat sculptures floated in the air, suspended from the ceiling with translucent lines. The boats were made with many materials, including curly white feathers which added to the illusion of flight. She gets the feathers from a friend who raises the special breed of duck. The feathers are shed/gathered naturally with no harm to the ducks.
photo at right © Marianna Whang, 2009 All rights Reserved
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