A Blog by Valerie Patten
“Short Cut,” 2015 14″x14″
Collection of Alfred Jan
The question is, a shortcut to where? This mysterious painting with many narrative possibilities is quintessential Valerie Patten. The vague shapes in the immense body of water which dwarfs the two figures hints at steps or windows. Is the destination benign or malignant? Is the body of water the destination or is it hindering the journey to someplace else? Are the two figures contemplating a suicide pact by drowning, taking a short cut to the afterlife? Confronting the void is a basic existential situation.
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