Some occasions in life seem all about the expectancy. When I was young, those days leading up to Christmas or a summer vacation were filled with hope and excitement. Even today, I get giddy thinking about what is just around the corner! For me, these monochromatic paintings by Rhode Island artist Rebecca Mason Adams capture the feeling of those moments in wait.
Whether it is waiting to spring a surprise or hoping for the phone to ring, something about the way her figures are in a sort of tense repose, often receding into their darker backgrounds, as if waiting for a cue to begin. It’s difficult, isn’t it, to push through and stop waiting? Some times we don’t have any choice but to wait, but often we are the ones to hold ourselves back, fearful that the anticipation will be sweeter than the reality.