I've Got Ants In My Pants (and I Need To Dance)"portfolio
It’s as if James Brown was screaming his lyrics “I Got Ants In My Pants and I Need To Dance”, soon after day one of my inspirational 20 year relationship with my friend Charles M. Schulz. Although in my mind, instead of “I Need To Dance”, I was hearing, “I need to make new art”.
Nine years of this inspiration later after we first met in 1980, I was given a maximum of two years to live. With ants still very much in my pants, I knew I needed to immediately make this new art before it was too late. Furthermore, It was very important that the work had to be about being alive.
Today, twenty-six years later, this new mixed media screenprint, “I’ve Got Ants In My Pants”, is still concerned with the rhythms of living within us and in the world all around us. It is especially focused on the restless rhythms that motivate and inspire art to be made. Since I seem to be surrounded by an abundance of professional and should be professional dancers, the most accessible vehicle for its visual expression was Sparky’s character of Snoopy, dancing flat on his back.
I spend much time in the two studios in Venice Beach and French Polynesia. My most influential restless rhythms come from the liquid rhythms of water and the differences in the rhythms of these two waters. The black line drawing in “I Got Ants In My Pants” creates a mark made by hand with a brush. But of the color is a very fluid rhythm of water.