In 2001, I was one of ten American artists who went to the Ukraine to work with a group artists and their translators. The trip was organized by Paul Thorson, a jazz musician, and his artist wife, Gail. We worked one week in various media to produce a collaborative exhibit at Kijv’s Karas Gallery. Alla, a Ukrainian college student, was one of my translators. I asked her to show me how to write the Russian word for DAWN in Cyrillic capital letters as well as other Cyrillic text that I incorporated into my paintings.
Below the Kiev collaboration are the results of a collaboration with a physicist visiting the U.S. from Beijing. The pictographic Chinese characters intriqued me, so I asked him to help me write them. I attempted to integrate the characters into pleasing compositions. I learned a lot about the Chinese language and the meaning of the characters as we worked together. And he was thrilled to be an artist!
My trip to China in March 06 is currently inspiring artwork as well. So this collaboration almost 10 years ago has undoubtedly influenced me.