Iris

Date:
2008
Series:
A Garden of Ordinary Miracles
Medium:
Gouache on paper diptych
Dimensions:
96 x 72 inches, overall
Credit Line:
Courtesy of the artist

Zakanitch’s drawn details amuse and remind us that we are viewing flat paintings of pure imagination. In Iris, drawn foliage unfurls upward from the vase, as if the painting is still in process of creating itself. Song bursts forth from the mouth of a robin like swirls of smoke and a swan swims out from “behind” the vase. A bird with a seed in its beak pokes its head in one edge and a tiny spotted rabbit hovers.