Stations on the CrossStations_on_the_Cross.html
13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird13_Ways_of_Looking_at_a_Blackbird.html
In Search of Lost TimeIn_Search_of_Lost_Time.html
Finnegans WakeFinnegans_Wake.html
 Statement from the Artist
Art has always pulled me in numerous directions. Unable to stick with one style for very long, I decided in late 1998 to create diptychs in different artistic styles using different techniques. The result of this decision was seventeen works based on Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.
Although I was satisfied with those paintings on an aesthetic level, I soon realized they did not relate much to the source of my inspiration. Consequently, I began to incorporate relevant imagery to a small degree in the Penelope series and to a greater degree in the first Finnegans Wake series. (Both series are based on the writings of James Joyce). I saw in the latter series the unintended development of motifs: bricks and buildings representing the masculine entity (H. C. Earwicker/Finnegan); water representing the feminine entity (Anna Livia Plurabelle); fall and resurrection; symbols and writing, etc. Furthermore, I expanded the range of media to include computer-generated images, photography and even photocopies. The first Finnegans Wake series was exhibited at the Touchstone Gallery in Washington, D.C. in October 2002.
Since then, I have completed and exhibited two more series of diptychs, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, based on the poem by Wallace Stevens and Daedalus, based on the Greek myth. These series also contain a wide variety of motifs and themes which may or may not be readily apparent to the viewer.
In 2009–10, I exhibited two series from two of T.S. Eliot's most famous poems, The Hollow Men and The Waste Land. The motifs in The Waste Land include decay, death and rebirth, fire and water, etc.
Currently, I am revising and refiguring a second Finnegans Wake series, as well as completing a series of 14 diptychs based on The Stations on the Cross.
The viewer should note that these series are not illustrations, but personal interpretations of the selected piece of literature. These works are not safe or pretty or easy to understand. Rather, they are infused with symbolism that is often challenging, esoteric and problematic.
As the reader may have noted, literature holds for me a wealth of ideas and imagery.

© 2013 Carl Lennartson

Study of 2 PearsStudy_of_2_Pears.html
The Hollow MenThe_Hollow_Men.html
The Waste LandThe_Waste_Land.html
Tao Te ChingTao_Te_Ching.html