About this work
Oil on canvas
44 7/8 x 57 1/2 in.
In her own words...
Unshakable, removed. As he lay there it was stunningly clear that he would die. And that there would be no compromise, no revelation, nothing for me anywhere….
There is no sound, his breath is feather-silent. A private event is taking place. Not to be disturbed by sorrowing faces, Loplop, Bird Superior, prepares in solitude, in the graceful space of his lofty aerie, his diminishing and his departure.
He is like a lake with an echo: I say Max, everyone says Max, the lake says Max, the echo says Max (far away), and Max is everywhere and part of my throat and the mote in the air.
I hold my screaming ears that no one but me can hear.
–from Between Lives: An Artist and Her World. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2001, pp. 289, 293.