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Arles Twins Dine
Arles Twins Enter diptych
Arles Cell 1
Arles Cell 2
Waiting in Arles
Letter to my Love

~ = in private collection.

To view full series in new window, click on title or thumbnail and scroll down. All images are acyrlic on canvas in varying sizes.

Arles Twins Dine, and Arles Twins Enter represent an ode to aging women, inspired by two ladies of a certain age encountered in a tiny restaurant in Arles in 2007. Their anachronistic grace on entering and dining brought an unexpected warmth and contentment to their surroundings.

In contrast, in Arles Cell 1 and 2 a cell user in the now universal posture of public indifference adds nothing, cloaking an entrance with invisible walls.

Waiting in Arles - A distracted waiter and weary companion hover in the moments when one's expectation can run high, low or away.

Letter to my Love was inspired by a little girl nonchalantly skipping down stairs on her way to somewhere. The title refers to the nursery rhyme with the little twist of fate, maybe happy, maybe sad - "I wrote a letter to my love, and on the way I dropped it...a little boy picked it up and put it in his pocket."

  images © ruth hartman