Part of the show "Blue; Songs are like tattoos"
Abstract paintings by Selina Alko inspired by Joni Mitchell's songs
Paintings created as an offshoot of Selina's work for her upcoming children's book on Joni Mitchell. The legendary singer/songwriter/painter grew up in rural Canada, overcame polio and then went on to find her truth through travel, love, music and art.
JONI will be published by Harper Collins in January 2020.
The work in this show will not be published in Selina's picture book, but, rather, the paintings are more like personal meditations, inspired by Joni's lyrics, meant for the viewer to contemplate their own search for meaning and truth.
The BLUE theme also emphasizes Selina's desire for the tides to turn blue in November, and beyond.
A percentage of sales of these new pieces will go to EMILY's List, working to get more democratic, pro-choice women into office.
Selina Alko bio:
It is no wonder that award-winning writer-illustrator Selina Alko now spends her days melding words and mixed-media art to convey stories of hope and inspiration—as well as an alternative viewpoint. Growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia with a Turkish father who spoke seven languages and taught painting, and a mother who worked in the family’s century old metal recycling business, she was surrounded by the melody of words and stories from different places. The diverse world view she was privy to are evident in her books for children including: The Case for Loving; The Fight for Interracial Marriage, B is for Brooklyn and Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama. Her picture book, JONI (Harper Collins), about the singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell is coming out in January 2020.
Collage on wood, 5" x 5"