M O L L Y M c C R A C K E N K U M A R
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In Hindu philosophy, Shiva's cosmic dance represents the whirling flow that is the dynamic tension and change of the universe. This concept is present equally in the galactic as it is in every cellular process. The artist experiences this dynamic tension most keenly while gardening and observing plants grow and change throughout the seasons, where contemplating nature's process of birth, death, and rebirth inspires her artistic practice without directly illustrating the garden, McCracken Kumar's paintings embody its themes. The colorful surfaces of diaphanous layers give the sensation of being under water or in a densely humid mist. These sensuous and fluid atmospheres develop through many layers of translucent paint that co-mingle with small motifs. The motifs are covered over with more layers to suggest a deep space and pregnant air. Desire becomes the evolutionary impetus for the growth, illumination, renewal, and possibilities. Feelings of tranquility are explored as a way to find balance and rest within the incessant movement. The final image then becomes a kinetic yet still embodiment of this painting process.
Molly McCracken Kumar earned an MFA in painting from San Francisco Art Institute. She lives and works in Portland, OR.