Studio #120 Michael Golden

My work in recent years reflects my belief in the oneness and interconnectedness of all things.  My use of animals, birds, and other creatures as allegorical symbols is a testament to this philosophy.

In April 2009, I had open-heart surgery to repair a congenital mitral valve condition.  Six months later, I was re-opened to repair scar tissue from the first surgery.  Between anesthesia, ICU, bed rest, and two long recuperations, I often lost track of time and days.

My work up until this last year focused on the length of a life and questions of what makes a life, and suddenly I found myself trying to focus on the moment, on the now.

For the past year, I have returned to images of the moon to explore what it means to live “in the now.” I paint on antique nature prints and ledger pages from an historical French village, giving them a new life and adding to their story with my images.  New prints tend to be scientific nature studies to which I add personal imagery.  Often I paint random silhouettes of the moon’s phases to imply an indeterminate amount of time.  The old ledger sheets were found in a town in France that disappeared some 400 years ago.  These are mostly inventories and signatures, but their age and individual markings make each one unique.  While each page’s specific history is lost, I am starting a new story with my superimposed images.