More glorious, large-scale works by Piet van den Boog are sure delight, with references to a passage from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath where a fig tree is the symbol for making choices.
"I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet."
- Sylvia Plath ("The Bell Jar", 1963)
Using a range of materials and starting by oxidizing black steel for a base, van den Boog goes on to create an under-painting in acrylic, followed by a layer of oil paint and then topped with clay (in reference to the story of Rodin and Camille Claudel).
Artist: Piet van den Boog
I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest opens May 13 at the Mike Weiss Gallery in New York and runs through June 19, 2010.
Kiss me and you'll know how important I am
Tell me what you really want...
Close to reborn, without fear of the unknown, without fear of further losses