Through my visual art I offer form to those substantial (or fleeting) elements of life and thoughts that are formless: like the state of waiting expectantly for something to happen (A); like trying to figure out what actions—ours or others—mean (B); how to recognize growing despair (C); what that “perfect” moment that we would like to last forever might look like (D); what a map of one’s mind indicates about connectedness or priorities (E); why is our planet’s life carbon-based (F) and are there others? How do our connections—to people, concepts, places, and things—establish our world (G)? I’m inviting viewers to engage: to meditate on these things, to jump in and figure out what is meaningful to them, using their personal vision and an open heart to see form, color and 2D composition—ART—as symbol.
I also find it valuable to muse about things and offer a bit of humor. For example, the fact that most people don’t know that chickens normally can fly (H). Or what would a celestial cherub think about a nearby satellite that sprouted wings (I)?
An age-old debate in art is the question “What is art?” Not meaning to give the answer away (snicker/snort), I would like to say my belief is that art is an elemental force necessary to living a whole life. The purpose of art is to challenge oneself to enter new realms, expand one’s consciousness, and enlarge one’s world. It is a celebration of life’s mysteries. This is so whether the art is an invitation to a story, a dance, a musical composition, a poem, a dish served hot or cold, a movie, video, theater production or visual art—whether figurative, representational, abstract or experiential.
That’s the fun of it.
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