Archive for May, 2012

Symbiosis #2

May 15, 2012

Here’s another new piece I completed recently. I found this log on the beach and thought maybe it would eventually have potential for something. I sanded it down a bit, and proceeded to make another in my Symbiosis series. This series is an experimental one, maybe at some point I’ll have enough pieces to actually have a show. However, these first ones in the series I’m separating out to be sent to a couple galleries.

The process for these is somewhat of a freeform thing. When I start, the only thing I know I’m going to create is some sort of a watery scene. What happens along the way is unknown and exciting. If I were to compare it to music, I’d say it has something in common with a jam session. The musician when they start may have an idea of what style of music they will play. What happens along the way is a surprise and stimulating for creativity. Little unplanned pieces of art like this are an important part of my creative process. Whether the end product is good or bad is sort of irrelevant to me. The process re-inspires me and gives me energy to keep creating.

Maybe Log Lady would like to carry this piece around for a while.

Three

May 2, 2012

Here’s a new piece, I’m naming “Three”. It’s oil on driftwood. The waves on the rustic piece of wood are carved into it, they have a varnish coat to contrast the aged wood. I’m a novice woodworker, but I hope with each piece I will learn something new about working with wood.

If you’ve followed my art, you will see a continual theme. It’s an obsession for me to create art that has both rough and refined elements. This is a metaphor for how I perceive life. One example of this is that it reflects what goes on in my head. I feel like a sponge, absorbing everything I see, whether I want to or not. However, It’s impossible to process all that information, and therefore my artistic aesthetic seeks clean-lines, calm, and simplicity. The chaos of life always interrupts. Chaos isn’t always a bad thing, though it can be just that. Chaos is something I’m always pushing against. It has a tendency to occupy my mind. So this friction between order and chaos is present in the art I create. I don’t create many studies before I start a piece. I like to see my internal battles between chaos and order unfold as I paint. This can be a tremendously frustrating experience, and yet it’s one that I won’t abandon for techniques that are more efficient.