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Existence is Fluid

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“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.”

LEONARDO DA VINCI

EXISTENCE IS FLUID

I begin each piece by cultivating a mental landscape through the meditative process of automatic drawing. While painting, I embrace the organic patterns, fractals and unpredictable forms that naturally occur through the manipulation and interaction of fluids.

I believe the most fascinating thing about our material existence is the interconnectedness of all things in the universe on an atomic level. I work with metallic pigments – copper, silver and gold – as the origins of these elements began within the cores of dying stars. They are a symbol of our universal ties to the cosmos, and the cycles of life, death and rebirth. Our existence is fluid; under the right conditions we come together for a time – shaped by our environment and limitations, but also able to forge our own path, and carry things with us until we leave behind only evidence of what we’ve changed.

What separates the human experience from the material world is consciousness; our dreams, memories, and subjective realities. Human perception – the observer – is the final piece in the totality of a landscape. The reflective qualities of metallics serve as a metaphor for this, as their appearance is dependent on the perspective of the observer. I further entertain the perceptions of the viewer through pareidolia (a psychological phenomenon wherein familiar images may be perceived in random or ambiguous visual data). I achieve this by presenting limited organic forms, while leaving areas of ambiguity that allow the viewer’s mind to seek patterns and complete the image. This intended vagueness of time, place and form allow the viewer perceive their own landscape through their individual perceptions of my work.

“Slough”, 9" x 12" acrylic and mica on paper
"Spring", 9" x 12" acrylic and mica on 246lb paper
“Underbrush”, 9" x 12" acrylic, mica, gold leaf on paper
“Flux”, 9" x 12" acrylic, mica, gold leaf on paper
“Before the Rain”, 9" x 12" acrylic and mica on paper
“Winter Birch”, 9" x 12" acrylic, mica, glass on paper
"April Field", 9" x 12" acrylic, mica and gold leaf on paper
“Bedlam”, 9" x 12" acrylic, mica, glass on paper
“Dour”, 9" x 12" acrylic, mica, gold leaf on paper
“Monarchs”, 9" x 12" acrylic, mica, glass on paper
“Attrition”, 9" x 12" acrylic and mica on paper
“Reclaim I”, 9" x 12" acrylic, mica, gold leaf on paper
“Wildwood”, 9" x 12" acrylic and mica on paper
“7 A.M.”, 9" x 12" acrylic, mica, gold leaf on paper
“Evanish”, 12" x 12" acrylic, mica, gold leaf on paper
“Hush”, 9" x 12" acrylic, mica, gold leaf on paper
“Interlude”, 9" x 12" acrylic and mica on paper
“Auriferous”, 9" x 12" acrylic, mica, glass on paper
“Wintertide”, 9" x 12" acrylic, mica, ink on paper
“Fallout”, 9" x 12" acrylic, mica and gold leaf on paper
“Interlude II”, 9" x 12" acrylic and mica on paper