Some years back, I designed some timber lids for use in my candle business, Loobylou. They arrived under-sprayed, and rejected. I was passionate about finding a re-use for them, as sustainability always underpin my business and creative decisions.
I came up with these 'Chimera Circles;' which are these very lids, filled and primed, with completely unique abstract Artworks painted on each of them.
The work explores the concept of the 'Chimera/Chimerism;' where two things join to become another. As the recipient of a bone marrow transplant, I have two sets of DNA, a fact which remains endlessly fascinating to me.
Each work is playfully monochromatic, gently expressing the merging of light and dark, to create something else entirely, exploring the very deep shadow work this experience of healing creates. With each piece telling a different story, the very collection itself changes from one thing to another with every addition along the way.
* I've left them a little darker, so the white didn't disappear on your screen. True reflections can be seen in group shots.
** I won't tell you what they mean to me, or what the intention for each piece was. That's for you to find your story, from my heart to yours. In doing so my one thing, becomes a different thing. A chimera story, one piece with two tales...