My portfolio is an exploration, for me, and hopefully for you. Below are some qualities that influence my inquiry and work.
We are all drawn to beauty. But what is beauty?
Is beauty just appearance, or is it much more? Is there not beauty in a kind act; in the way we relate to each other? Is there not beauty in function, in immeasurable complexity and elegant activity of the human body, from our DNA, to our brain? Is there not beauty in the fact that our galaxy and its star production depends on a supermassive blackhole, that the stability of our earth depends on the moon and all life depends on the light and warmth of the sun? Is that not all beauty? Is not the observer and the observed beauty?
Beauty has significance, tremendous significance. There is beauty in interconnection and interdependence. We live in, and as, a cosmos that is threaded together from the smallest fiber to the largest structure. There is beauty is in our state of being — in silent awareness and presence. Beauty IS.
If something is striking, it has the power to suspend the mind. And when the mind is still, it has the power to see beauty in all things. The experience of beauty seems to be accompanied by a sense of significance, simplicity and clarity. The observation of beauty not only shows what is, but also what can be. What humanity can be.
With humility, I am exploring what beauty is with its sensuality, balance, subtlety, mystery, fluidity, simplicity, grace and elegance. My guide in creating is often ‘what looks or feels right’. But where does this sense come from and is it shared, universal? Is it solely the product of evolution and experience? Or is a sense for beauty more fundamental?
In the observation, the state of beauty, there is almost a compulsion to share in the state. I would like to share my observation with you.
It is my view that there is meaning independent of, prior to, our interpretation, I do not believe that deep meaning depends on our minds articulation, rather, I believe that there is a much deeper meaning in What Is, in actuality itself. A thing has meaning in itself, but it gains meaning through its relation with its environment.
We are so caught in words that we believe that something must be spoken about something in order for it to have meaning, but in most cases, the contrary is true. Our language is built on the premise that this means that and the whole web of symbolic consciousness is spun on this. I believe a deeper meaning can be revealed through the union of observer and observed in the absence of language. My goal is to make this bridge and reveal simple and direct significance.
Can something be simple, yet compelling? That is a question and challenge that inspires some of my current work. “Unity” is one answer to this question. It is a contemporary exploration into the simplicity of pure design. The piece’s goal is to remain simple yet captivating and engaging.
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”
Einstein (reduced form by Roger Sessions)
A thing is not only its relation to its environment and viewer, but it is also in relation to itself. The relation of the part to other parts, the part to itself (its own form), the part to its absence, and the part to the whole, defines itself and the whole. One way in which this expresses itself is through proportion. The viewer will feel satisfied if everything is in its right place, in comfortable proportion, while maintaining energy and vitality.
Nothing can exist in isolation. Even if the piece is devoid of representational or symbolic meaning, it is still interrelated and interdependent on its environment and viewer, from which it gains meaning. In this way the piece participates with the viewer and the viewer participates with the piece.
There is movement. This is a fundamental truth. My view is there is a grand, vital, immeasurable flow and things and people are abstractions from this movement. We are not just part of this movement but are this movement. This is where we reach the limits of language.
We mistakenly resist and ignore that change is inevitable. We also imagine how things should be and deceive ourselves about how things are. We attach ourselves to ideas and images of what is and then suffer as a result. The observer and observed are in movement.
I enjoy creating work that is unpredictable. I want a viewer to be surprise as they walk around a piece or as the piece rotates. We find things uncompelling if we can quickly and easily understand and conceive of them. The same is true in relationship and in life. What makes life interesting is that it is not reducible. We seek spontaneity. But we also seek stability. The stability is that things are as they are. The surprise is in our discovering and experiencing of them.
I’ve always been captivated by art that exhibits opposing and seemingly contradictory qualities in a balanced and seamless way. This quality is also what makes people and life in general interesting. Underlying this is the principle, yin-yang
“Yin-Yang describes seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.”
I’m experimenting with keeping the following qualities in balance:
- Sensuality – Strength
- Stillness – Movement
- Simplicity – Complexity
- Softness – Firmness
- Balance – Imbalance
- Subtlety – Boldness
- Independence – Dependence
One of my favorite examples of the union of movement and stillness is this sculpture of Christ by an unknown Flemish artist.
Unity and Fragmentation
Our world seems dominated by fragmentation, division and conflict, which has persisted for millennium. This fragmentation has its roots in thought, language and identification. “Fracture” is a demonstration of this shattering of consciousness.
If one’s mind is ‘still’, this fragmentation dissolves. This is the place where the artist and viewer meet, as well as the viewer with other viewers. A place of communion.
I am inspired to see and share hidden unity behind apparent division.
What a thing is not, is as important as what it is. The negative space that intimately envelopes a piece helps describe it. In the same way that silence gives meaning to sound, stillness and emptiness give meaning to a thing. This applies to people too. Discipline and virtue are as much about what someone is not, as it is about what they are.
There is always a relationship between the thing and its absence. I try to give attention to the negative space created by a form and attempt to make this as compelling as the form itself.
Observational and theoretical sciences act as a strong influence and have inspired representational pieces such as Convergence, Ribbon of Life, Radiolarian, Neuronic and Attraction.
Nature is the ultimate source of creation and observation is the basis for all the arts and sciences. Recognizing this truth forces a certain humility, as an artist, scientist or human. I am excited to create more works that draw their inspiration from science.