It prompted me to write a little about them.
There are 2 pieces that go together (More Than Meets the Eye (Orange) is a companion piece). The concept with this piece is to serve as a reminder that there is always more than meets the eye. There is as much that we don't see as we do see. This applies to people, trees, the Earth, space, even thoughts, emotions, ideology... there is always more if we dig.
There is also always an opposite to all of those things. What we see/what we don't; tree trunks and branches vs the roots below; water on the surface vs below the surface (and the chemical component which is not seen by the human eye); for every happy moment, we have unhappy ones; 2 sides to an argument; debate, etc. To fully understand ourselves, the world, others, etc, we should seek to understand the opposing view/thing, things we choose to share with others/the things we keep to ourselves, etc. We are all seen by the outside world in certain ways, and we all have internal privacies.
Blue and Orange represent sky and earth. They are opposites on the color wheel - complimentary colors.
I also used the balance of color and black and white on either side of the yin-yang to further demonstrate opposites creating wholeness.
The yin-yang is used symbolically. I like how it divides equally with a flow in and around each half, serving as a reminder to keep balance.
The charcoal drawing portion uses the grain of the wood as a starting point. I find lines within the wood to begin with, continuing to then create a semi-surreal landscape. These landscapes create a space for contemplation of "where am I?" A place of mental meandering. The imagery also reminds us that there are times when we think we know where we are but in reality we don't. Things grow and develop in unique and surprising ways. There is recognizable imagery but it also doesn't make realistic sense.
The blue area is more "open". As the viewer gets caught up in the twists and turns of the drawing, they eventually find their way to the open and freeness of the blue. But, there is also texture and movement within the blue area. It is more subtle.
The processes of the 2 halves are also different. The drawing portion is done from what I refer to as "the inside, out" whereas the color half is more "the outside, in". Meaning that when I create the drawing side, I am turning inward. Remembering imagery I have experienced. Allowing my intuition to drive it's creation. I am in control of my hand holding the materials. Whereas, the blue side process is putting color down and losing control over it by adding water and plastic wrap. This process is kin to many things in life where we have control over choices but not outcomes because of outside influences. Both processes are a balance between control and letting go, though.