In my Artist Statement I present my objective to create work that emerges from an experience or sensation I have had. The paintings are not a reproduciton of a place or thing rather a creation of a tangible image of something that is not directly available to our senses yet is so strongly emotive we recognize the familiar without having a name for what is on the canvas. My hope is to draw the viewer into an exchange with the work by engaging their attention with a familiar combination of colors or shapes that are reminiscent of something in their experience, encouraging them to find a connection in their consciousness, much as a recently awakened person tries to recall and order the images of a dream which still hangs in the corners of the mind.
I have practiced a form of meditation called centering prayer for many years. As in any form of meditation I have sought silence, leaving the chatter and distractions, to rest in the flow of the greater life force which connects us with each other even as it draws us into the center of our own being. Through this practice I have stepped into the crack between worlds and I want my work to facilitate such an awakening in people who stand before my work.
In future postings of this blog I hope to share some thoughts on my painting as well as art making, abundance, acceptance, authenticity, blessings, centering, creative expression, and discussions of the work of other artists within my circle whose work I admire.
For today's post I would like to share some thoughts on a painting of mine entitled Cosmos.
This painting reflects the movement of time through space. A cosmological or astronomical space is referenced. In the painting the movement is frozen much like our experience of a snapshot. Here, the orbs seem to have been arrested in time as they have descended into the viewer’s frame of reference or as they emanate during the process of metamorphosis. Tension is created as the geometrical structure taken from formal religious paintings is juxtaposed the affirmation of the surface of the canvas common in modern painting. Borrowing from the language of formal religious paintings I hope to suggest the connectedness of all beings emanating from a single source which unites each of us to the other.