I continue to be in awe of the generosity of the many artists who offered to read Hungry Ghosts and prepare an artwork inspired by it for an exhibition to be launched along with my latest book.
One of these is Ola Aldous, who not only prepared the largest painting that will be on display (it’s 50″ x 52″ ) but offered to drive it all the way from New York and deliver it in person. She also offered to bring along some of the other works by American artists with her. So very kind of her –I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to meeting her next week! (I’ve invited her to stay overnight and I hope she accepts.)
Here’s her painting called “Long Awaiting.” I love it!
It has so much movement and energy, much like Ola herself, and the colours are rich and layered. (Those beautiful blowflies, by the way, are part of the plot of the book.)
Here’s how Ola describes her inspiration for the work:
In the process of reading Hungry Ghosts I began to jot down descriptive passages that inspired multiple ideas for the images I wanted to work with. Detective Ramirez’s ability to see ghosts of the victims interested me and I began to notice the direction I wanted to explore. Combining both the narrative of the book with the process of letting the painting evolve on its own brought focus to the two prostitutes, Antifona and LaNeva Otero, whose lives ended in brutal murders.
I wanted to preserve the beauty and the passion of these young women whose devastating circumstance led to their loss of life. In the painting the two sisters merge into one as the life force falls off of their animal-like body similar to the way flowers lose their petals.
The painting reveals their strength as they search for justice and yet continues to mourn their own death.
The painting will be on display throughout the month of June at Cake and Shake in Hintonburg, along with 21 other works by seventeen artists. It’s oil on canvas, priced at$ 8500 USD.
Ola Aldous began training as a classical pianist in Ukraine, before immigrating to the USA at the age of ten. She received the BM in piano performance from Crane School of Music in 2005, and her BFA in visual art concentration in painting from SUNY Potsdam in 2013. Ola has participated in residency programs and has exhibited her work in numerous group and juried shows around the country. Her recent awards include: 2014-First Place in 43rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition in Lebanon PA, 2014-First and Third Place in 14th Annual Juried Art Show Sackets Harbor NY, and 2014-Best in Show in Juried Landscape Show, Lancaster PA. You can check out more of her work here.