With the transcendent energy which exists behind the real world emerging onto her canvases, Sky Power’s paintings seem almost to be vision quests, dreaming the real world into another realm, filtering that so-called “real” world into a dream, or that space in which Crazy Horse was alleged to have lived — the dimension beyond what we see, what allegedly, “is.” Somehow what she captures in her light and color-filled abstractions is very moving.
Such works as, “Passing Through,” oil and charcoal on canvas, 24” x 30”, which pictures a floating piano, an entry to crypt, a flower, what could be desert and mountains and sky, with an arroyo or wash nearby, pulse with a vital urgency of mortality. Or “Shelter,” oil and charcoal on canvas, 24” x 30”, vivifying the earth and sky colors of pink and green, with strange, almost birdlike shapes emerging from the mating of sky and earth. Or “Last Quarter Moon,” oil on canvas, 24” x 30”, the half-moon accompanied by books and a painting, set above the sky. Or “A Dream in a Dream,” oil on canvas, 24” x 30”, the rock of first- being squeezed between primary colors emerging from the universe. Or “The Flats (High Summer),” oil on panel, 11” x 14” — sun screaming from the sun on sand into its own shadow at the hilled horizon. Fusing the external world with her internal life, the intimate with the infinite, spirit with form.
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