Dorothy Englander Mourning Paintings watercolor
Spirit Float
2015
watercolor
30 x 22
Dorothy Englander Mourning Paintings watercolor
Spirit to the Light
2015
watercolor
30 x 22
Dorothy Englander Mourning Paintings watercolor
Dying Room:Spirit Rise
2015
watercolor
30 x 22
Dorothy Englander Mourning Paintings watercolor
Mourning Bouquet
2015
watercolor
30 x 22
Dorothy Englander Mourning Paintings oil on canvas
Ladder
2015
oil on canvas
6" x 6"

Mourning and Change

Following my husband’s murder in 2014, I was virtually numb. While sorting through the aftermath, I was temporarily unable to create. Ultimately, I made a series of works that, either directly or metaphorically, addressed the traumatic life-changing, family-altering event.

Central to theses images were my impressions of the rehab of his townhouse, after the hazmat team had cleaned up the living room from the horrific event. Tall painters’ ladders extended from the room, up into the loft area on the second floor, where light from two skylights poured into the space below. I imagined that my husband’s spirit had managed to ascend, by means of the ladder, into “the light”, thus lifting the dark veil of horror that had cast an indelible pall over his last moments of consciousness.

I didn’t show or submit work for three years following the event. In the summer of 2017, I established a studio in a long-standing favorite location, Gloucester MA. Being in a new environment for three months was a turning point in re-starting and re-vamping my art practice.
 
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