Free Fall: 3 New Pieces

Posted on: August 31st, 2014 by Jane Maxwell 2 Comments

Life has handed me some unexpected blows over the past few years.  Most recently, the swift and painful death of my extraordinary mother. It’s impossible to put into words her absolute uniqueness.  She was, by vast measure, the most positive, supportive, loving, beautiful, youthful, kind, energetic person on the planet.  Those of us who were lucky enough to live beneath her warm wings are missing her every single day.  I took several months away from my studio to be with her at the end of her life.  When I returned, I delved into work to channel my sorrow and sheer confusion about why life can feel so complicated and chaotic, no matter how hard I try to keep in control.  It was my aim to capture in this series, both the complexity and the wonderment of life that can at times, feel like a free fall.  If my mother were here, she would surely say something like this: ‘you may feel like you’re falling, not knowing where you’ll land; but if you stay close to family and friends, live, laugh and enjoy every moment, life will pick you up again.’  Here are three new pieces from my series entitled, ‘Free Fall.’

jump 48x72
jump, 2014,  48″ x 72″, mixed media on panel

falling 48x48

falling, 2014,  48″ x 48″  mixed media on panel

why is life a free fall 36x36
why is life a free fall? 2014, 36″ x 36″
mixed media on panel

2 responses to “Free Fall: 3 New Pieces”

  1. nicole says:

    Really beautiful , clearly a change of perspectve

  2. Hi Jane,

    I am an artist and painting conservator in Newton. I attended a talk you gave at the New Art Center few years ago on the business of art. It helped me. It reinforced a number of directions in which I was already heading in my own art making. I liked your humility-and of course I liked the artwork and the process utilized in creating it.

    I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My Mom is 95 and thoughts of not having her near are often with me.

    I just wanted to say that the three “Free Fall” pieces seem to me like a profound and deep exploration of grief through artistic expression. They feel very different from the other work of yours that I am familiar with. I hope it is a healing direction in which you continue to explore.

    Take good care,

    Mark Sirdevan

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