Nonstatement StatementArtist "statements", meaning the written words attempting to expose the artist's philosophy, intent, meaning, etc., are naturally self serving. Here, this nonstatement is a small attempt to avoid self anointing myself with special knowledge, skill, wisdom and/or greatness... in other words, I hope I do not delude myself.
Consider all the following as potential reasons for art objects produced by my hand and mind to look the way they look:
Why do art objects by my hand look as they do?Probable influences on my art: Transcendentalist writings of the 19th C; 'Spoon River Anthology" by Edgar Lee Masters; personal experiences in natural settings; exposure to art and art movements of the 20th C., circa 1910-Current, whether thru various media, face to face encounters, or personal study and reading; expressions including floral arrangement, photography, calligraphy, window and store decoration, stage design and movie sets; the textile arts; earth works; children's art; art by outsiders and the uneducated; ethnographic art of Africa, Australia, The Americas; ancient sites e.g. Stonehenge, etc.; Science Fiction and real science from the 50's thru Carl Sagan's writings of the 70's-90's.
Statement from Four Artists/New Directions exhibitionWe have a world-view unlike any previous generation, and, in an art historical sense, our perspective on the created array preceeding and surrounding us is marvelous. For one who studies it, it need not be bewildering.
This 20th century Earth, with its blend of sophisticated and primitive thought, with its advanced technologies and ancient religions, with the network of world-wide communication open to those seeking information, finds us making choices among increasingly complicated experiences, or seeking what is basic and simple.
My personal interpretation of the process of my painting, and the resultant paintings themselves, recognizes a blend of the sophisticated and the naive, the advanced and the primitive, the conscious and the unconscious, the spontaneous and the thoughtful.
Art, by human hand and intelligence, is an extension of life...that is, an "expression of energy and an organization of matter". I want to extend my own sensibilities, and create things which I have never seen before. For me, this must be through abstraction, through nonobjective compositions and invented forms.