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The art work in The Space Within: Polarity’s Circle is a visual representation of a personal journey of transformation. It represents my own quest for unity, connection and meaning. But, while I would like the viewer to connect with my work, I understand that this connection will not be the same for the viewer as it is has been for me. My intent is to visually share my own journey with others while using the art as a symbolic catalyst.
I begin my work by gathering household objects and substances. I then combine these items in unusual ways and photograph them. I prefer to take close-up photos because this allows me to view the items with a new perspective and therefore to create new meaning. The images that result still retain a sense of the familiar since they originate from the everyday, but by reconfiguring and then zooming in on the ordinary, I create an image that is also abstract, intangible and unknown. This approach allows me to create a sense of tangible reality while transforming the image into something more symbolic which can then be read more openly, allowing for different personal interpretations and layers of meaning.
Having cropped the photographs, I scan them into the computer and print enlarged copies onto drawing paper. This allows me to go into the image with charcoal and chalk pastels, enhance color, focus and depth. In this way, I seek to fuse a sense of the “real” or “objective” with a sense of the “ideal” or “subjective”.
As with the combined use of drawing and the photographic image, I use the circle and the square to signify and connect seeming opposites (such as Spirit and Matter, Microcosm and Macrocosm, Nature and Technology…etc.) In this way, the work acts as a container of opposites, but the essence of this approach is to address the idea of duality while also triggering a sense of connection and unity.
On the surface, the art is meant to be visually engaging and attractive. Beyond this, it is meant to act as a focal point in order to concentrate a viewer’s attention and awareness in the hopes of triggering a personal response or association. Far from a conclusion or final statement, the work in The Space Within is meant to facilitate an exploration of new perspectives or journeys otherwise unexplored.