Pastel on Paper
108 x 76,2 cm / 42.5 x 30 in
The Madoo Conservancy is pleased to present Billy Sullivan: Flowers & Birds, an exhibition of ten paintings and drawings. The exhibition will be on view in the Summer Studio from July 3 through August 14, 2021. Madoo is open to the public Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12 – 4:30pm.
The diary is a piece of lacework or a spider web. It is apparently made up of more empty space than filled space. But for the person who is writing, the discrete points of reference that I set down on paper hold an invisible galaxy of other memories around them. Thanks to association of ideas and allusions, their shadows and virtual existence linger for a while. Gradually they evaporate, like a flower losing its scent.
— Philippe Lejeune, “The Continuous and Discontinuous,” in On Diary
Billy Sullivan has long described his work as “basically a diary of my life.” Cookie Mueller, writing in the early 1980s, called Sullivan a “chronologist,” which remains an apt description today, in his seventy-fifth year. Eight of the ten still-life compositions here were completed within the past year — a time of profound upheaval that has nevertheless seemed, for so many of us, also intractably stilled, indefinitely paused.