IdaKatherine Graver, GREED, 8' × 8', Acrylic on Canvas
Each piece in the One Life Lived series tells a story-sometimes it's the story of a good life, or a life racked with mental illness, all of the possibilities awaiting a new life, or the moments of beauty amidst the struggle for a refugee from Aleppo. GREED is a story of this moment, where the world seems at a turning point.
Over the course of several months, day by day, the piece emerges.
Each dot of color is selected with care. As the painting takes shape, images are created, covered over, and covered over again. The images are layered atop each other, the way a story takes place over time. There's the chance meeting, the kiss, the lie - all the events that form the foundation for this current snapshot in one life. Each section of the painting has been built on the same history, and like a life, each piece is essential to understanding the whole.