WILDERNESS OF SALT



Wilderness of Salt - explores the female perspective on loss and regret. Images of biblical and mythological women are balanced against contemporary counterparts.

The first taking inspiration from Lot's Wife, in particular the line from the Houseman poem: 'Half-way, for one commandment broken, the woman made her endless halt, and she today a glittering token, stands in the wilderness of salt.' Other biblical works include Eve, in the garden of good and evil, while Mother, (as in earth mother) casts a wider net for humanity. Joan and Price of Faith also have religious implications.

Historic women are seen in a young pregnant Princess Di in Leda, pictured underwater after the encounter with the mythological swan; Typhoid Mary Mallon in Mary's Story 1 and 2, done on crazyhouse slate, depicts a female scapegoat for typhoid ravaged country; and Trail of Tears represents the faceless women caught up in the Native American genocide in the late 1800s. Terry Barton in Failed Saints, is a contemporary woman who tips the scales with her tale of regret, mythological in it's proportions, who suffers the consequence trying (at least mentally) to purge herself of an abusive relationship.

The paintings in this series are created using oil on burlap, occasionally combined with found and reclaimed objects. The medium is a female take on the Arte Povera movement of the 1960s.








Image List
 
Lot's Wife , Oil on Burlap, 2014
 "Half-way, for one commandment broken, the woman made her endless halt, and she today, a glittering  token, stands in the wilderness of salt."  


Nuna Daul Isunyi, Trail of Tears , Oil on Burlap with reclaimed objects, 2014
 "One by one Indian peoples were removed to the West. The Delaware, the Ottawa, Shawnee, Pawnee andPotawatomi, the Sauk and Fox, Miami and Kickapoo, the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole. In all some 90 thousand Indians were relocated. The Cherokee were among the last to go. Some reluctantly agreed to move. Others were driven from their homes at bayonet point. Almost two thousand of them died along the route they remembered as the Trail of Tears."
 Documentary: The West (Ken Burns/Stephen Ives)



 The Letter , Oil on Burlap 2014  11.  Failed Saints , Oil on Burlap, 2016
"The fire was started on June 8, 2002 by Forestry Technician /Firefighter Terry Barton while on duty, as a Fire Ban was in place. She
had filed for divorce and was distraught about a two-page letter from her husband accusing her of being taken over by Satan. She placed the
letter in a campfire ring of rocks, lit it and drove away. Apparently grass in the campfire ignited and led to the forest fire (she plead
guilty in 2003 and was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison)." UC - Chapter 1 American Legal System. 138,114 acres burned.



Eve , Oil on Burlap, 2015
“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”


 
 Joan , Oil on Burlap, 2015
Responsio Mortifera
 


Mary 1 and 2 , Oil on Slate, 2014
(source Kings Park Mental Hospital)
"menace to the community"

 
Mary - Incarceration, Oil on Burlap, 2015




Mother , Oil on Burlap, 2015


Price of Fait h, Oil on Burlap, 2015


Leda , Oil on Burlap, 2015