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  • Welsh, J.D. Keystone - The Lizard and the Roadrunner - Oil on Linen -J.D. WELSH - 48 x 24 in

Keystone - The Lizard and the Roadrunner - Oil on Linen -J.D. WELSH - 48 x 24 in

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Reaction Time is the first piece that I undertook when I relocated from Japan to my new home in Southern Colorado. As such, its composition is built upon the design lines of two worlds - specifically, the traditional and tribal usage of the archetypal zigzag. Sometimes expressed as a symbol of speed, the altered path or the vicissitudes of fate and nature - it is an ancient image which ties people from many lands together over far-reaching time.

Also built upon the symbol of the zigzag line, I created Keystone as a Modernist re-thinking of my sculpture Reaction Time and also as a reflection upon my deep love for the desert - its beautiful, balanced and fragile ecology.

Further, I believe that Keystone serves as a wonderful ambassador for my newly developing collection of Modernist works.

Each time I walk into my studio surrounded by these color-filled canvases my mind fills with sound. Tapping, drumming, whistling, ringing, whirring - each painting's voice is different. For me, Keystone resonates with a combination of wood blocks & xylophonic chimes.

Sculpture and Painting Dialogue:

Both Reaction Time and Keystone are visual explorations of the complexities of awkwardness and balance occurring at pivotal moments in the struggle for existence. Further, each work seeks to speak uniquely to the beauty and delicacy of the desert - its strikingly resilient flora and fauna and its intricately orchestrated and fragile ecosystems.

-JD Welsh