Member Since: September 2011
The universe is matter and energy â€”forming and unforming, reforming and deforming, informing and conforming, always restless, always changing. And we as humans are virtually defined by our need to quantify, to name, in some way to â€śtameâ€ť this c... more
|Artist Statement:||The universe is matter and energy â€”forming and unforming, reforming and deforming, informing and conforming, always restless, always changing. And we as humans are virtually defined by our need to quantify, to name, in some way to â€śtameâ€ť this chaos.
As we are transformed into social creatures, we adopt givens, templates if you will, for perception. We see a certain red, for example, and, deep in the fish brain, we remember berries or blood â€“ think of food â€” and hence are passionate about the color red. We may â€śseeâ€ť a shape as a mouse, or a Kabuki mask; one sees the light above a glen in a forest while another sees very clearly a splotch of yellow paint in a green canvas.
Constantly, restlessly, obsessively, we translate an amorphous world into terms, into language, into images that we can feel comfortable with. But, sadly, we are divided as commonly as we are brought together by our inability to see and accept responsibility for the personal templates we impose, so often unconsciously, on this world we so closely share.
This is not new, certainly. Examining the mechanism of perception is as old as the figures on the walls of the Lascaux Cave. But my pieces ask the viewer to really see the way shape and form, texture and hue evoke emotional and intellectual responses â€” an exercise akin to asking fish to see water. I create canvases which are demanding of the witness; but those who have chosen to live with my work assure me it has changed their lives. Beyond that, I feel the paintings speak best for themselves.
|Artist Tags:||post-modern, abstract, acrylic, expressionism|