work after the year 2000 » Gilgulim Reunion and Fugue at Poussin Beach
oil on birch panel 42″x56″ (2006)
Through the Kabalistic concept of Gilgul (im pl) which is the transmigration of souls through time, Fenton adapts Nicolas Poussin’s Rape of the Sabine Woman and weaves it through a banal scene at Jones Beach. Fenton creates high drama just under the surface of an ordinary beach scene or lurking myth interacting with absolute reality. This fugue with its psychological and musical meanings becomes the focus of this work.