Marla J. Loss
Original mixed Media, 28" x 36"
People's Choice Award Presentation Jan 2021
The Window Pain
Original: Click to Buy or Inquire $1,280
People's Choice and Banner Award, Conroe Art League Exhibit
"The Window Pain" is misspelled on purpose and began with a poem that I wrote in 1991. I was writing about how I felt trapped—I was in a predicament where I felt boxed in and couldn’t leave. I also felt like there was a barrier between myself and the spiritual world, like I couldn’t connect with God.
So I drew this emotional self-portrait (top photo is the original) and included the poem in the background. I wanted it to look like I was isolated in some sort of shadowland existing in the flat plane of paper that is pasted on the back sheet. The back and forth scribbling and dark shapes are the dark elements in my life that were holding me in a sort of web. The hand blocks the mouth because I didn’t feel like I could talk to anyone about my situation. Multiple rectangles, including the implied rectangles of the inner edges, emphasize the boundaries. The square around my head binds my thinking while the dark square over one eye darkens my sight. The seeing eye still sees visions.
Exactly 30 years after creating this picture, it was honored with a People’s Choice Award. Perhaps people identified with it since almost everyone was feeling isolated, and it includes the word “quarantine.”
Studies show that art therapy helps people process emotions, which can be positive or negative. This drawing began a series which helped me progress through complicated feelings and ultimately move on.
To see two other pieces from this series click here and here.
Banners displayed on the side of the Owen Theatre in downtown Conroe have been made possible by The Conroe Art League, the City of Conroe, and Juan Cantavella. Banners of other People's Choice winning-art include Kristine Schneider, George Bramlett, and Juan Cantavella.
Printed banner on the side of the Owen Theatre