Detail: Cranes, Warblers and Ironwood, 2007, oil on plaster and paper, 56 x 60 inches
The Birds of the Silk Route Paintings are inspired by DuBasky’s travels along the Silk Routes in China, India, Central and Southeast Asia where she researched Buddhist cave paintings and ancient art to prepare for her own “modern-day, cave-wall paintings.” The paintings depict birds and plants that are juxtaposed with petroglyphs and symbols within layers of “stratalike” paint that evoke the passage of time and place. The natural and imaginary habitats suggest a world in which all life is interdependent.
The contemporary transit-style map by Valentina DuBaskyfollows the artist’s travels across the interconnected routes of the Silk Routes. The map envisions artistic exchange in the ancient world as lines, hubs, stops, stations and transfer points that linked great cities, artistic centers, overlapping spheres of artistic influences, and ancient sites.