MARIA DOMINGUEZ

STUDIO: The Hot House Series

ABOUT THE HOT HOUSE SERIES
Paintings

My passion for Jazz led to The Hot House music series. My influences derived from; my husband the musician, attending musical performances and listening to my local radio Jazz station WBGO. While working in my studio I heard trumpeter Wynton Marsalis playing his music. At the end of the song, the radio jock mentioned the name of his CD as Hot House Flowers. It offered me the perfect name for the new body of work.

By using my photo collection of live performances, for my paintings, I became inspired to use deep contrasting colors where musicians are immersed in colorful spotlights and capture their changing facial gestures. In these still images, they are transformed into caricatures, all seeming to be either in pain or pleasure as they attempt to reach a particular note.

THE HOT HOUSE SERIES Collages
 

"Trombone Melody"  11 x 15 inches  paper collage  2008 "Bass Beat"  11 x 15 inches  paper collage  2008 "Trumpet Man"  11 x 15 inches  paper collage  2008 "Clarinet Bop"  11 x 15 inches  paper collage  2008 "One Note Blues"  11 x 15 inches  paper collage  2008 "Sassy Sax"  11 x 15 inches  paper collage  2008 "Ode To Regina"  11 x 15 inches  paper collage  2008 "Acoustic Strings"  11 x 15 inches  paper collage  2008 "Trio Light"  11 x 15 inches  paper collage  2008 "Baritone"  11 x 15 inches  paper collage  2008 "Drummers Beat"  11 x 15 inches  paper collage  2008 "Babys Blues"  11 x 15 inches  paper collage  2008

THE HOT HOUSE SERIES
Collages

In contrast to the paintings, The Hot House collages were created in 2008 was a direct reflection of the paintings. My intent with these was to fuse layers of textures, play with asymmetry and space to therefore create a simple composition of musicians performing. The work proved to be pivotal to my works on paper and canvas – my new approach allowed me to incorporate paper as a vehicle vs. only paint. The smaller composition gave me freedom explore and enjoy the completed pieces while experimenting.

(Giclee prints of these collages are available for sale. If interested please contact the artist for additional information)