Soft and Penetrable Things, by Diane Levesque
Soft and Penetrable Things, 2019
Acrylic and watercolor on paper
30 x 22 inches
Photography: Courtesy of the Artist
From 2012–2019, my work took a surprising turn due to the impact that reading Lucretius’s On the Nature of Things had on my practice. As Lucretius began his study of natural phenomena, he invoked the fecundity of Venus and other gods creating a marvelous segue to explore the chaotic microcosm underlying the more seemingly stable macrocosm. From a spellbinding erotic narrative to a clarity of vision through depth of understanding of natural forms, Lucretius’s philosophy revealed a possibility for me to explore abstraction in my paintings through the extension of the natural world into my imagery as evident in the series of paintings of which Soft and Penetrable Things is an example. My in-depth interest in psychology and the uncanny nature of things continues to inform my work.