Acrylic on Canvas
This mid-sized canvas painting is gloss-varnished and has gallery-wrapped edges. Painted after the death of both of her paternal grandparents in 2021, Rachel depicts her feelings of closure in this evocative and highly-textured painting. With an under-texture of harsh brush-strokes, delicate washes of color, and cutting shadows, this is a composition that touches the inner realm of the human experience as we contemplate death. Death can cause feelings of loss, grief, and painful separation, or it can generate feelings of closure, healing, and release. The number of tombstones at the left is significant to the primary family members who have caused pain in the artist’s life, and the right tombstone stands alone in observation, as if a third party witnessing the hopeful light in the sky behind the tombstones and adding balance and stability to the composition. The hopeful light on the horizon could be the dawning of a new day, and represents Rachel’s spirit, while the lonely tombstone is an acknowledgement of her own inevitable death.