Thursday, April 16, 2009


A couple of years ago the David Fincher film “Zodiac ” showed in theaters. In addition to being a fan of other Fincher films, I was interested in the Zodiac story since it is based on true events. In the past I’ve seen documentaries and fictional films about the subject. So what does this have to do with my
dot art?

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

In making my first eight dot paintings I was responding to the post 9/11 hysteria of the color code warning system and the obsession of monitoring communications. It was also at this time that my mother’s cancer had my family on a rollercoaster as we received good news and bad news about her condition. After that there were the various hurricane scares with Hurricanes Ivan, Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. Last year and this year there have been the unrelenting economic scares.

Now going back to the film, there was an atmosphere of terror generated by the various killings and subsequent notes by the Zodiac. So this film turned into a springboard for me to react to many events that have had me on edge. The only thing that came from this film, however, is the color scheme. In this instance I decided to include a message in my dot painting, instead of an image. I used Greek letters and other symbols to spell it out. The translation reads:


I wish to emphasize that this is my lighthearted way of dealing with my stress from recent events. Don’t let the dark colors be intimidating.


  1. I love the message. Reminds me of the cartoon, "Futurama," where they included alien writing in various places. Anyone silly enough to gather & translate it all ended up with something that basically said, "Dude! You have too much time on your hands...Get a life!" *L*

  2. Lana:

    Thank you for your response. I wasn't sure how this painting would go over.

    Also, thanks for the laugh. I needed it. : D

    Mo : )

  3. I like these. They remind me of those aboriginal spiritual pieces.


  4. d.edlen:

    Actually, the “Aboriginal spiritual pieces” have inspired my work. But I’m also influenced by dot art from other cultures and/or time periods.

    I’m glad you enjoyed seeing them.

    Mo : )