White Wash is 11 a.m. in the Hours of the Day series. The morning of work is coming to a close. The house that was planned and built, is now in the midst of being painted, white-washed. The woman is quickly pulling in the laundry (also the white wash), while a tempest is brewing beyond the distant hills. Either a thunder storm that will drench the parched ground, or a fire storm that will destroy all in its path, it hints at the dangers of another possible cover up: the white washing of issues in a relationship and the potential consequences thereof.
If I were to see all of your paintings in one giant gallery it would be almost overpowering. But I’d love to experience it.
When all 24 of the Hours were first hung at the Orange County Museum. it was overpowering, even for me. They were a little too close together perhaps, but that was the first time I ever saw the series together. I worked on them one at a time, so I had no real idea of how dense they were, and how they would interact as a group. It also showed at the Laband Art Gallery at Loyola, when Gordon Fuglie was director there. They’ll never be shown together again, except here on Open Museum!
F. Scott Hess (b 1955)
oil on canvas
48 × 64 inches
11 am in The Hours of the Day series.