My objective was to study classic religious symbolism and mythological symbolism, thus creating an encyclopedia of objects and situations. I then wrote a story of our contemporary world in crisis. During this process, I found more of what I already knew to exist - there are countless parallels and ...
My objective was to study classic religious symbolism and mythological symbolism, thus creating an encyclopedia of objects and situations. I then wrote a story of our contemporary world in crisis. During this process, I found more of what I already knew to exist - there are countless parallels and similarities existing in religious as well as mythological themes from all over the world at different times throughout history. I then wrote on my wall “every generation faces extermination”, partially to calm my own neurosis, partially to remind myself of my relationship with all of human history.
I believe this to be occuring, not just according to historical or geographic relationship, but, as a fundamental requirement for the human psyche - to experience life via the theatre of the arts, currently exemplified the abundance of reality television. Our need to attach ourselves to a script or a classic tragedy or victory, is as prevalent and fanatic as in all pre-modern times. The resurgence of what I refer to as the ancient mind, can be observed at the down of modern art and cubism in the fascination with the african mask and the purity of form. As technology begins to remove our direct contact with tradition, our fascination with indigenous ancestory begins to rise, and that which we’ve turned away from becomes something of novelty and exotic interest.
There are obvious connections between the oral traditions and the distortions which occurs when one language replaces another, certain elements remain, while others are changed or dropped from the tale altogether. I believe that while this occurrs, there still exists a desire to find meaning and personal identity through common fiction, and certain themes seem to be quite important in order for us to understand our own humanity.
The intention of my painting is to form a scene loaded with a universally understood language of symbols, so that the story or character portrayed develops a personal relationship with its viewer, relative regardless of their background. To further personalize the imagery, much of the work portrays subjects or place which reccur in my own dreams. I found that while working on these paintings much of the material was shown to me in dreams and waking conversation which further emphasized a spirit of syncronicity which I feel is pervasive in the world to anyone ready to acknowledge it.