Brian J. Sullivan

“Woman’s Love,” non-traditional printmaking, photo-transfer collage, mixed media on canvas panels

A “Woman’s Love” is one of Sullivan’s most ambitious works taking over two years to execute in addition to five years of research. “Woman’s Love” measures 13′ by 10′ and is made up of 112 individual canvas panels, each mounted at a different distance from the wall. Viewed from head-on all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle come together. Viewed from the side, one sees multiple levels of planes breaking up the space. The art works on many levels. On the one level is the multiple level of the picture planes, another is the multiple layers of images collaged on top of each other. And finally, unknown to most and not readily apparent at first viewing is the structure of the piece. The artist chose to work with only three sizes of rectangles, which could be used in either the vertical or horizontal position. He also declared at no point in the picture would any two edges continue on to form a straight line across the picture (hence the Modrian-like division of short lines break up the picture plane). And finally the Coup d’ Etre?: only at one point in its assemblage does all 112 rectangles come together to form one continuous outer edge (mathematically 1 in 10,000 odds).