It’s pure joy to work on an assignment when you connect with the material. “Create art that you love and others will love it too”; that quote certainly applies here. I love The Avett Brother’s music and was so inspired to create this painting.
I began the process of this painting by delving into the material; reading the lyrics, watching videos, and researching Scott and Seth talking about their music. This image depicts a duality, which to my understanding is the core theme of this album; it’s both celebratory and sad. This illustrates Scott and Seth’s separate narratives as two sources blended to create one “voice”. From Scott’s lips there are more celebratory symbols with the colorful bubbles and stars, from Seth’s lip’s tears are shed. In this painting they are depicted as two halves of each other.
Seth wrote: "True sadness isn’t about this dark thing where you are just giving up, it’s more about just sort of accepting, that the human heart is capable of experiencing great joy and great sadness simultaneously."
The symbolic elements reference the lyrics; all is entwined with a thread/rope, ("Satan Pulls the Strings"), it binds, it entangles, it breaks, and it connects. Bleeding heart in the center, snake, wagon wheel (travelling, time etc.), a bird representing lost love, and flowers bloom
Thank you to Rolling Stone Magazine, once again for commissioning me such an inspiring assignment. Thank you to Joseph Hutchinson, Mark Maltais and Matt Cooley.