64 Angelic Studies on the Hayward Fault
A Solo Exhibition of New Paintings by Shelli Renee Joye
An installation of 70 new color field flow paintings painted since February over the Hayward Fault to exorcise the fear demons.
I live on the Hayward Fault in East Oakland.
A year ago, fearing the next big quake, I moved out of my house and prepared it for sale. Then the mortgage crisis hit. With great trepidation, I moved back into my house.
It then occurred to me that painting on the fault line might actually help exorcise these fears. Using the colors and flow of paint on the canvas, I might also be able to create a dialogue with the spirit angels that live in the fault. And so these paintings became energy dances in time, power grids of consciousness etched in the living universe. They have synthesized my search for meaning and pattern amid the churning waves of Chaos: individual, social, and temporal, and have allowed many of my fears of living on the fault line to fall away. I find safe harbor in the act of painting . . . a flow and freedom
from anxiety as I resonate with the rhythms of a timeless
organic world of dynamic pattern, texture, form, and hue.