Barn Door

"Doors and windows are depicted frequently in my work, yet I can't claim to have done that within a conscious deliberation. It is an old cliche, but they say that when a door closes, another one opens. I've heard it said that if you hear that, you're probably in jail. As an individual living with the aches and pains associated with a chronic illness and vision loss, I feel more trapped, limited and restrained in my physical body. It was through my artistic exploration and expression that I was able to see that "other door". Perhaps it is a window I can crawl through and even though I am not certain what awaits on the other side, I know I must open the door and confront my reality. Seeing the hidden doors and the open windows freezes me, at least momentarily, from the chronic anguish that I am condemned to experience.

Barn door is an expression of an impression. My studio is located in a garage in a middle class neighborhood in Pittsburgh on an alley way that is filled with garages in varying states of functionality and disrepair. While painting one day, this struck me. The variation held a cohesiveness in the small alleyway. I thought back to road trips both recently as an adult as well as as a child traveling through rural PA, which is home to rolling hills and dairy farms as well as many neglected farms and silos that dot the side of the highway. Barn door is a misnomer and that is deliberate. The image contains both a door and a window at the top, forcing the viewer to engage the image with more confusion and curiosity. In the mind of the artist, it is not truly a barn door as much as it is an invitation to explain what is inside."

- Benny Blindspots

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