The Measure of Life is the pendant piece to The Measure of Love, and was also created for the Object Project exhibition. The same five objects are all here, but they have been played out. The mirror is smashed, the bone is buried in the river bank, the glass is broken, the moth is being eaten by ants, and the ball of string is unwound by the current. The young girl, posed by my daughter, has accompanied her parents to the Los Angeles River for a clean-up project. In the heat of the day, she stretches out in the water to cool off, and revels in the moment. Her parents, fearing dangerous chemicals and deadly parasites, are mortified.
I’ve noticed over the years that the paintings I do that have water in them are usually popular. I think it is another case of an evolutionary response (humans require water often, and I expect the brain pushes the pleasure receptors when we find it) transferred to a painted image. This image toys with that a little, as it is the LA River after all. Soaking in that could destroy millennia of evolutionary training!