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Oil on Canvas

36 x 48 inches



In 1999, I was seriously injured in a car accident. Later, I created a series of 10 oil paintings that depicted symbolically my thoughts, emotions, and beliefs about this accident, starting from right before the accident happened until afterwards, in the hospital, when I knew I would be OK. The paintings were meant to be viewed like a storyboard from 1 to 10. 


This  is the first painting of the series. It depicts the moment when I looked out of my rear view mirror and saw a car speeding diagonally across the freeway towards me.  The moment I realized there was going to be an accident, but a split second before it happened. The white figure represents fate, the universe, what-ever-it-was that caused me to be in that exact spot on that exact freeway at that exact moment of time. Had I driven 5 miles an hour faster or slower for just a couple of minutes, I would not have been at that exact spot at that exact time, and I would not have been hit.  The white figure is mysterious, beautiful and ambiguous. You don't know if it is rising or falling... I fragmented the space to create a sense of movement  rather than using consistent representational space.


Exhibition History:

"Unframed",  Four Person Exhibition, Thatcher Art Gallery,  University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. , 2004

(Unframed--A Critical Review by Paula Birnbaum, P.hD, Associate Professor at UCSF can be read in Press page.

The Accident, No. 1: Every Angel is Terrifying

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