“If you can’t be free, be a mystery” (Rita Dove, Canary)
Lucille Nava

“If you can’t be free, be a mystery” (Rita Dove, Canary)

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This is the last painting in the series involving stick figures. there are no figures in the painting, only the abandoned landscape. The title is the lat line of Rita Dove's poem, "Canary."

Acrylic on Canvas Covered Wood Panel by Lucille Nava

Size: 16x20

About Lucille Nava
All are in a series "A Little Like Love...," from the last line of the poem "Gravity and Levity." This is the concept driving the paintings: To fling my arms wide/In some place of the sun,/ To whirl and to dance/Till the white day is done.? (Langston Hughes, “Dream Variations”) These lines speak to the exaltation of freedom; it is a dance of change, of universal possibility, of a poet’s words that express hope. I have used the ecstasy of dance as a metaphor for the possibilities the painter approaches almost daily. My stick figures are interpretations of contemporary dancers’ forms we see for example, in the Alvin Ailey Company or A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham. We dance when the music speaks to us; we dance symbolically when the image moves us. At the start of each day, brush to canvas is the beginning of the dance.

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