This work is a brush study for a series of collaged paintings titled “Jazz: Herbieʼs ʻDolphin Danceʼ #1-22”.
These studies are Ellen Priest’s first “visual” encounter with a jazz composition.
Based on jazz pianist Herbie Hancockʼs classic composition “Dolphin Dance”, Ellen Priest tried to use these drawings and the resulting collages to capture the light and movement typical of the beach where she spends much time in the summer. To her eye, beach light has no back and sometimes no bottom (or ground).
In her own words: “It’s a view set against a water horizon – totally different from an urban or mountain horizon. Light is reflected in all directions, including up from the water and sand.”
In these pieces, the active white space is critical.