by Ignacio Font
As a painter one of my interest is the ability entertain vision. Creating places where the eyes land just to be whisked away to another section or area of the work. Think of refugees or individuals always looking for a new place. Instability created by constant movement is visited in the viewers moving gaze creating a sense of anxiety and insecurity. In this painting I attach the insecurity and anxiety to the experiences of a family member going through chemotherapy.
Digging Bones was several years in the making coming out of my caregiving experience of a loved one undergoing treatment for Leukemia. The initial sketch was drawn a couple of years after the discovery of the cancer and the large painting finished more than a decade later. This painting came from the strength of the cancer patient. The symbols within the work came from interactions and procedures during the early stages of treatment.
This work although at times may seem a bit dark is not about the darkness of an illness but positive exchanges and experiences as the patient crosses to survivorship. The bottom of the piece is the beginning of the struggle and the top the return of energy and power to the body as it recovers from the illness and chemotherapy. (Ignacio Font)