Millionth Wave Futurism
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My current gouache paintings continue to enmesh natural and geometric forms, seeking common ground between the two. I have been compelled to build sequences, adding to a primary shape either within the same form or in separate areas. Each successive form gets larger and more complex, mirroring cycles of growth. I am contemplating what it is that propels life forward—the winds of momentum forcing a bloom, the creation of a thought, the growth from cellular beginnings to complex formation.
What comes to mind is Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase,” in which each motion and each step of the subject is revealed as part of a whole. Each action is part of a reaction and is involved in a chain of events that manifests as one experience. In my Tai Chi practice, each separate form begins to combine to become one fluid action. The enigma is the dualistic sense of separation, when in fact, although the action is comprised of separate forms, the act of Tai Chi is one breathing, pulsating entity of its own.
There is a very fragrant and rare plant called the Night Blooming Cereus. The blooms come out for one night only. In watching this event, one sees the entire growth cycle of the flower in one exquisite evening. The bud starts growing days beforehand, promising the singular explosion that is this bloom. In one evening the bloom opens slowly, until it gives itself to the night, exuding the most heavenly fragrance one can imagine. I find it to be akin to ballet, as one’s entire being is in bloom along with the flower. My painting “Queen of the Night” relays the different steps that the flower takes, the bloom awaiting to explode at the end of its existential journey. My paintings manifest as the explosion of a Geode form, the life cycle of a bloom, or the formation of a Kabbalistic shape. The commonality of momentum is what drives each work. Millionth Wave Futurism refers to the dissection of time as a gust of wind originating from the primal source.
Editor’s Note: Marjorie’s series, “Millionth Wave Futurism,” will be on exhibit at the Galatea Fine Art Gallery in Boston, MA, May 5-28, 2023. Learn more→
Also see Mary Thaler’s interview with Marjorie Kaye about her previous exhibit, “Synaptic Tides.”