Detail: Cranes, Warblers and Ironwood, 2007, oil on plaster and paper, 56 x 60 inches
Large-scale, abstracted birds are juxtaposed with petroglyphs and plants. The images appear and fade within layers of “strata-like” paint. Suggesting different states of “being-there,” the paintings depict natural and imaginary habitats 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.