illuminated chaconne

A MULTIMEDIA EXPERIENCE OF BACH’S VIOLIN MASTERWORK
A PROJECT BY ARTIST SANDRA M. DEAN

 
Sandra M. Dean. Photo by David Bilides.

Sandra M. Dean. Photo by David Bilides.

About the Artist

Since childhood, visual art and music have always been constant, comforting, inner companions. Growing up in a small town with limited cultural resources, I am grateful that many of my public-school teachers recognized and encouraged my talents early on. I am especially indebted to my 4th grade violin instructor, Victor Sands, for introducing me to Bach, whose music would become a central inspiration in my future life as a visual artist.

Like Leo Kenny, one of the “Northwest Visionary” artists of the 1950’s, I too have felt “compelled to restate and celebrate the Mysteries” through my art, to reveal the dynamic, invisible component in any subject that is always alive. My practical work as a healing arts professional and a natural science and medical illustrator has only enhanced my understanding of the many structural parallels that exist between seed and universe, microcosmic and macrocosmic worlds. 

Although I have applied these insights to a variety of artistic projects over the years, my highest priority has always been to complete the forty-eight interrelated color drawings of Illuminated Chaconne. I have revised and refined this work over most of my adult life, quietly and away from the public eye, as an ongoing personal meditation that documents the Bach Chaconne-infused dream I experienced in my mid-twenties. I will complete the art of Illuminated Chaconne in 2020, the 300th anniversary of Bach’s composition of his Chaconne in 1720.